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How do you assess a tibial plateau fracture?

How do you assess a tibial plateau fracture?

The diagnosis for tibial plateau fractures is made with plain radiographs and CT scan. Additional soft tissue injuries to the medial and lateral meniscus, ACL, and the collateral ligaments should all be considered [19].

What is a posterior tibial plateau fracture?

Posterior tibial plateau fracture (PTPF) is caused when the posterior tibia plateau is stricken by the femoral condyle while the knee joint, in semi flexion or flexed position, suffers from a varus-valgus stress [13,14]. It have been uncommon, as PTPFs were found in 151 cases and had an incidence of 28.8%.

What is a displaced tibial plateau fracture?

Tibial plateau fractures occur when a force drives the femur into the top of your tibia and cracks the bone. If the bone stays in place, the fracture is non-displaced. If bone fragments shift, the fracture is classified as displaced.

Where is the tibial plateau located?

The tibial plateau is the flat top portion of your tibia bone, which runs from your knee to your ankle. The bottom end of your thigh bone (femur) and the top end of your tibia form your knee joint. The tibial plateau is a relatively flat surface of bone covered in cartilage.

Can you bend your knee with a tibial plateau fracture?

Symptoms of a Tibial Plateau Fracture Typically, the injured individual is most aware of a painful inability to put weight on the affected extremity. Tenseness Around the Knee; Limited Bending. The knee may feel and appear tense, owing to bleeding within the joint. This also limits motion (bending) of the joint.

Can you fully recover from a tibial plateau fracture?

The length of time it takes to recover from a tibial plateau fracture depends on the severity of the fracture and your overall health. Most fractures take 4 months to completely heal. In more severe cases, it can take up to 6 months.

How long does it take to bend your knee after tibial plateau surgery?

It usually takes 6-12 weeks for the bones to heal and for the structure of the knee to be stable enough to start putting weight through the leg.

How long does it take for a non displaced tibial plateau fracture to heal?

A non displaced fracture of the tibial plateau is when the tibia sustains a break or crack without a fragment of the bone becoming separated. These fractures normally have a better future outcome than displaced fractures and usually heal without surgical intervention within 3-4 months.

How long does it take to fully recover from a tibial plateau fracture?

Non-displaced tibial plateau fractures take up to 3-4 months without surgery to heal. When surgery is required these cases take around 4 months to heal.

Can you bend your knee with a broken tibia?

How long does it take to walk again after a tibial plateau fracture?

You will be non weight bearing and required to use elbow crutches for between 8-12 weeks depending on the rate of healing with a progression to partial weight bearing. You should be fully weight bearing after 12 weeks if the fractured has healed adequately.

When should I start weight bearing after a tibial plateau fracture?

Patients with tibial plateau fractures will be instructed to touch down (toe touch or foot flat) weight bear (approximately 10% of body weight) for at least 6 weeks. After the 6 week post op visit, patients may begin weight bearing as tolerated until full weight bearing is achieved.

Where does a proximal tibia plateau fracture occur?

Proximal Tibial Fractures. These fractures occur in the knee end of the tibia and are also called tibial plateau fractures. Depending on the exact location, a proximal tibial fracture may affect the stability of the knee as well as the growth plate. Common proximal tibial fractures include:

How is a displaced tibia and fibula fracture treated?

Displaced, comminuted: A fracture where the bones are broken in several fragments and are not aligned. This fracture can be caused by high-energy trauma, such as a car accident or being struck by a vehicle. The treatment includes setting the bone without surgery and a long-leg cast worn for four to eight weeks.

What causes a tibia shaft fracture in the lower leg?

It typically takes a major force to cause this type of broken leg. Motor vehicle collisions, for example, are a common cause of tibial shaft fractures. In many tibia fractures, the smaller bone in the lower leg (fibula) is broken as well. Anatomy The lower leg is made up of two bones: the tibia and fibula. The tibia is the larger of the two bones.

How is the tibial shaft broken in three directions?

The location of the fracture (the tibial shaft is divided into thirds: distal, middle, and proximal) The pattern of the fracture (for example, the bone can break in different directions, such as crosswise, lengthwise, or in the middle)