Tibial Pilon Fractures
I’m Ed Smith, a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento. Whether someone is driving a car, riding a bike, or playing sports, there is always a risk of injury. One of the injuries that people can wind up with is broken bones. These injuries can range in severity and could require a trip to an operating room so that complications can be fixed. According to a recent infographic published by the Akron Children’s Hospital, the most common bone fractures are:
- The humerus, the bone that makes up the upper arm.
- The radius and ulna, the bones that make up the wrist.
- The fibula, the smaller of the two lower leg bones.
- The tibia, the larger of the two leg bones.
Bone fractures in the limbs are more common than injuries to the torso because people tend to extend their limbs to protect the vital organs of their chest and abdomen. Some of the complications can create significant problems including:
- Risk of infection, particularly if the bone protrudes through the skin surface.
- Damage to additional structures, such as arteries, veins, and nerves.
- The possibility of malunion (when a fractured bone doesn’t heal properly), leading to practical and mobility difficulties.
Tibial Pilon Fractures
Recently, a research article was published reviewing fractures of the tibia. This study explored both its causes and its treatment. A team of medical professionals conducted a study looking specifically at tibial pilon fractures. The tibial pilon joins the leg to the ankle. Based on their medical records review, there are a few standard mechanisms behind tibial pilon fractures. These include:
High-Energy Accidents: To break the tibial pilon with direct force requires a high amount of energy. Such energy can be found in auto accidents, truck accidents, and similar events.
Rotational Force: Skiing, skateboarding, and other extreme sports can cause these bone fractures. If the top of the body rotates over a foot that is trapped in place, the rotational force can snap the tibial pilon.
Weak Bones: These fractures are common in the elderly, where lower bone density makes this bone more likely to break.
When these types of bone fractures develop, they often require surgery.
Personal Injury Lawyer in Sacramento
I’m Ed Smith, a personal injury lawyer in Sacramento. If you or a loved one has had complications following the repair of a bone fracture or suffered broken bones in a car accident, call me at (800) 404-5400 or (916) 921-6400. I would be happy to share some friendly, free advice.
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