How is proximal tibia fracture treated?
Treatment. A proximal tibia fracture can be treated nonsurgically or surgically. There are benefits and risks associated with both forms of treatment. Whether to have surgery is a combined decision made by the patient, the family, and the doctor.
How long does it take for a proximal tibia fracture to heal?
Some proximal tibia fractures heal within four months, yet many may take six months or longer to heal. This is particularly true with open fractures and fractures in patients who are less healthy. Most patient’s function is still improving a year out from the injury.
What is a proximal tibia fracture?
A fracture, or break, in the shinbone just below the knee is called a proximal tibia fracture. The proximal tibia is the upper portion of the bone where it widens to help form the knee joint.
Is tibia fracture common in children?
Tibial fractures are common injuries in toddlers, children and adolescents. They can occur from minor falls or twisting injuries, in which the knee is locked or fixed in flexion and the foot externally rotates relative to the leg. They can also occur in sports from direct or indirect trauma.
What causes proximal tibia fracture?
Causes of Proximal Tibia Fractures A fracture of the proximal tibia may be caused by stress or trauma or secondary to weakening of the bone due to cancer or infection. High energy injuries such as a fall from a height, sports related trauma or motor vehicle accidents may be responsible for fracture in young adults.
Can a child walk with a tibia fracture?
In some very small children, treatment for this fracture may include a long leg cast because the boots are too small and shorter casts can slide off of small children. With either form of movement restriction, the children can walk on the injured extremity as their pain allows.
How long does it take for a child’s tibia to heal?
Recovery from a tibia-fibula fracture typically takes about three to six months. Your child may be able to heal faster by resting and not putting too much weight on their leg until the bone has healed.
Can a child walk on a fractured leg?
Children are generally not allowed to put any weight on their fractured leg for walking, and must keep the foot off the ground. Older children may use crutches if it is safe to do so. See our fact sheet Crutches. Young children cannot manage crutches safely but may be able to use a walking frame.