Tibia/Fibula Fracture: Episode 109

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Tibia/Fibula Fracture

  • In this episode: We talk about the tibia/fibula fracture usually shortened to tib/fib fracture. This is a fracture that causes both the bones of the lower leg to break. It is most often a result of trauma. Either through an accident or sport.

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Brief overview of the episode:

            Tibia Fibular fractures occur in 2 general ways, low-energy and high-energy. Low energy consists of mechanisms like a twist or fall from standing height. High energy would be a fall from height or motor vehicle accident.

            The “typical” individual to experience a tib/fib fracture is a male between 21-30. The most common mechanism is a motor vehicle accident, more specifically a motorcycle accident. Here in Colorado one of the most common ways is through skiing. The ski boot is at just the right location to help transfer force into both the mid shafts of the tibia and fibula causing a fracture.

            Following a reduction intervention (some kind of treatment or surgery to align the bones), physical therapy can begin. The main focus initially is to work on crutch training and to normalize gait. Once that has happened the process of returning to sport and recreation activity can begin. It is common for recovery to take between 7-9 months.


Other episodes you might enjoy:  

Compartment Syndrome: Episode 67
Stress Fractures: Episode 43
Shin Splint: Episode 17

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