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Tibia and Fibula Shaft Fractures

Tibia and Fibula Shaft Fractures

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Auto Accident LawyerFractures of the tibia and fibula involve the two long bones of the lower leg.  These represent the most common long bone fractures.  There are about 26 tibia/fibular fractures per 100,000 people.  Most of these injuries occur in males aged 15-19 years.  There can also be fractures in 90-99 year old females at a rate of 49 out of 100,000 people in this age group.  The average age of a tibial fracture is 37 years of age.  There is a relatively high rate of nonunion in these types of fractures.

The tibia is the bone that carries the bulk of a person’s weight.  The fibula carries only about 6-17 percent of the total weight bearing capacity of the lower leg.  The fibula’s function is more for muscle insertion than it is for weight bearing.  The common peroneal nerve runs alongside the neck of the fibula and so it is commonly injured when the fibula is injured. Continue reading ›

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Closed Reduction and Casting of Fractures

Closed reduction can happen when a  fracture has not been exposed to the air (a compound fracture) and can be done even if internal fixation is going to be done later. Closed reduction uses traction and the “reversal of the mechanism of injury” in order to put the bones back into alignment as much as possible. Splints can be used so that swelling is allowed to happen—this cannot happen if the fracture is cast right away. Ideally, the joint above the fracture and the joint below the fracture need to be immobilized so the fracture ends don’t separate again.

Facial Fractures

The face is made from several different bones, many of which are fused together. There are two joints to the face on either side of the cheeks, called the temporomandibular joints. Facial fractures can be minor or severe, depending on their location and whether or not they are displaced. Open fractures are more serious than closed fractures because open areas of bone are prone to bone infections, which are difficult to treat.

Types of Injuries Associated with Falls

Common  Fractures after a Motor Vehicle Accident

Common Fractures occur in Motor vehicle accidents with high-velocity impacts. There can be  fractures to many different bones throughout the body.  Often, fractures can be found from head to toe, depending on where the impact was and where the individual was located in the vehicle.  Those passengers or the driver with an airbag tend to suffer less from head, neck,  and chest fractures but they are still possible, especially if the individual isn’t seat-belted properly.