Tibial Plateau Fracture

Tibial Plateau Fracture

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Tibial Plateau Fracture

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What is Tibial Plateau Fracture?

Tibial plateau fractures are injuries to the tibia, a bone in your lower leg. They can be caused by a direct blow or indirect force, such as falling onto an outstretched foot. The severity of this type of fracture depends on the amount of damage done to the surrounding tissue and whether any fragments are embedded in your skin.

The tibia is a long bone in your lower leg that connects your knee to your ankle. It acts as a lever for pushing off when you walk or run, so it’s important to keep it strong and healthy. Tibial plateau fractures can result in pain, swelling, bruising and deformity around the affected area if not treated correctly immediately after injury occurs.

What are the types of Tibial Plateau Fracture?

Tibial Plateau Fracture can be classified into three types:

  1. Intercondylar fracture – this is the most common type of Tibial Plateau Fracture. It occurs when the tibia is fractured in the region of the knee joint between the two condyles of the femur bone.
  2. Subcondylar fracture – this occurs when the tibia is fractured in the region of the knee joint below one of the condyles of the femur bone.
  3. Transcondylar fracture – this occurs when both condyles of a person’s femur bone are fractured and they are separated from each other by an open fracture at their lower end (distal).

What are the causes of Tibial Plateau Fracture?

Tibial Plateau Fracture is caused by the stress of running, jumping, and other activities that put a lot of weight on the leg.

The most common cause is a sudden impact to the top of your foot, which can injure the bone around the ankle joint. This type of injury is common in athletes who play sports such as tennis or football.

Another common cause of Tibial Plateau Fracture is osteoporosis. This is when bones become weaker and more likely to break under pressure.

What are the symptoms of Tibial Plateau Fracture?

Symptoms include pain in your shin and foot, swelling, and bruising around the injured area. Other symptoms may include:

  • A popping sound when you move your foot or ankle
  • Pain that gets worse after walking for more than 10 minutes
  • Pain that gets worse when you bend your knee to 90 degrees or more

What are the risk factors for Tibial Plateau Fracture?

The most important factor is age. Tibial Plateau Fractures are most common in people over 60 years old. This is because as we age, our bones become more brittle and prone to fracture.

Other risk factors include:

  • Having a history of osteoporosis
  • Being a smoker
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Previous fractures or surgeries on your leg
  • Osteoporosis (which causes brittle bones)
  • Certain genetic conditions

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Tibial Plateau Fracture?

The following exercises are to be performed during the Tibial Plateau Fracture recovery process:

Strengthening Exercises

Squats

Perform 3 sets of 10 repetitions, with at least 1 minute rest between each set. This exercise helps improve ankle and knee strength.

Calve Raises

Perform 3 sets of 10 repetitions, with at least 1 minute rest between each set. This exercise helps improve ankle and knee strength.

Bridges

Perform 2 sets of 20 repetitions, with at least 1 minute rest between each set. This exercise helps strengthen the gluteal muscles and improve balance.

Leg Raises

Perform 2 sets of 20 repetitions, with at least 1 minute rest between each set. This exercise helps strengthen abdominal muscles, which can help prevent future injury in this area.

What are the treatments for Tibial Plateau Fracture?

The treatment for tibial plateau fractures depends on how severe your injury is. In most cases, you’ll need surgery to repair it. Surgery may involve removing loose fragments of bone and metal screws or plates to repair the fracture.

You’ll also need physical therapy after surgery to help heal your knee and strengthen it so that you don’t reinjure it again.

Physical Therapy for Tibial Plateau Fracture

Physical therapy can help you recover from a tibial plateau fracture.

Physical therapy is one of the best ways to treat tibial plateau fractures, but it’s important to learn how to do physical therapy exercises correctly so you don’t make your injury worse.

If you have a tibial plateau fracture, your doctor may recommend doing exercises to strengthen your quadriceps muscles (the muscles in front of your thigh). This will help keep your knee from giving out and prevent re-injury.

Explanation of Recommended Orthotic Device

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What brace is used for Tibial Plateau Fracture?

The hinged knee brace is used for Tibial Plateau Fracture. It is a type of knee brace that has hinges in the knee area that can be opened and closed, depending on the patient’s need. It provides support to the knee joint while still allowing full mobility.

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