Non-Displaced Tibial Plateau Fracture

What is it and how is it treated?

If you injure your knee in a fall, sports accident, or automobile collision, it’s critical to see an orthopedist for expert diagnosis and treatment. 

Non-displaced tibial plateau fractures are common in these types of accidents and can cause long-term complications, including compartment syndrome, when untreated. 

The orthopedic knee specialists at OrthoNeuro in Columbus, Ohio, offer expert care for all types of knee injuries.

What is A Non-Displaced Tibial Plateau Fracture?

Your tibial plateau is the flat surface at the top of your tibia (shin bone), where it meets the bottom of your femur in the knee joint. 

It’s a crucial weight-bearing part of the body that provides stability in your knee and throughout the rest of your body.

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.

In addition to being classified as either displaced or non-displaced, these injuries are also graded on the Schatzker classification system, which has six types, based on the fracture pattern and severity of the injury. 

These six types are:

  • Schatzker I: lateral tibial plateau fracture without articular depression
  • Schatzker II: lateral tibial plateau fracture with depression
  • Schatzker III: compression fracture of the lateral or central tibial plateau
  • Schatzker IV: medial tibial plateau fracture
  • Schatzker V: bicondylar tibial plateau fracture
  • Schatzker VI: tibial plateau fracture with diaphyseal discontinuity

 

What Are Signs of A Non-Displaced Tibial Plateau Fracture?

Tibial plateau fractures can cause various symptoms, including:

  • Knee pain
  • Difficulty bearing weight
  • Reduced joint stability
  • Reduced range of knee movement
  • Paleness in your lower leg
  • Bruising and soft tissue swelling

 

What Are Causes Of Non-Displaced Tibial Plateau Fractures?

Tibial plateau fractures are typically due to some type of trauma. 

For example, these injuries are common in high-impact sports, like football, or those with a high risk of collision, such as skiing. 

You could also fracture your tibial plateau by falling from a height or during motor vehicle accidents.

Risk Factors For Non-Displaced Tibial Plateau Fractures

Your risk of a tibial plateau fracture increases if you have osteoporosis or another mineral deficiency that weakens your bones.

How is A Non-Displaced Tibial Plateau Fracture Treated?

The first step in treating a non-displaced tibial plateau fracture is confirming your injury and evaluating the severity of the fracture. 

The orthopedic knee experts at OrthoNeuro will examine your knee and use X-rays and MRIs to learn more about your injury and determine the best treatment to heal your bone and relieve your pain.

Non-surgical Treatment

When possible, your doctor may provide non-surgical treatment. 

They may prescribe medication to prevent infection and support bone growth combined with a cast or another knee immobilizer, such as a hinged knee brace.

You may also benefit from physical therapy to help you return to normal function as quickly and safely as possible. 

Joint stiffness and instability are common in these injuries, as the break can also cause anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and lateral meniscal tears.

Surgical Treatment

When necessary, the knee experts at OrthoNeuro will perform surgical reconstruction of your tibia and related connective tissue. 

They may use internal fixation, such as screws or pins, to stabilize the joint surface and repair soft tissue injuries.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From A Non-Displaced Tibial Plateau Fracture? 

The time needed to recover from a non-displaced tibial plateau fracture depends on the severity of the break. On average, most patients need between 3-6 months to recover completely and regain full function of their knee.

If you’ve sustained a knee injury, call OrthoNeuro or make an appointment online for expert diagnosis and treatment.

Treatment Options for Arthritis of the Knee

The damage caused by arthritis cannot be reversed but many treatment options can help to slow the degenerative process and relieve the symptoms of arthritis.  At OrthoNeuro, dependent upon the severity, knee arthritis can be effectively treated using non-surgical treatment options. The specialists at OrthoNeuro create treatment plans based on your lifestyle and goals. These treatment plans may consist of any combination of the following non-surgical treatment options:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Bracing
  • Injections

Surgery is only recommended if knee arthritis does not respond to non-surgical treatment options. The Board Certified Joint Replacement Specialists at OrthoNeuro are experts at performing Partial and Total Knee Replacements.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today! 

Patients who are experiencing the signs of a non-displaced tibial plateau fracture should not delay a diagnosis. The decision of what treatments are best for you will be determined by what you and your OrthoNeuro Specialist feel are best.

  • If you have been suffering from knee pain, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
  • Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.
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