The upper part of the shin bone, or tibial plateau, is a critical weight bearing area of the knee just below the joint. Fractures can also include damage to the cartilage surface of the knee, causing joint surface (chondral) damage.
A fracture can be caused by a sudden physical injury (trauma) such as twisting which can affect knee alignment, stability and movement. You may have a non-displaced stable fracture, where the bones are cracked but stay in their usual place, an unstable fracture, where bones might become displaced, or a displaced fracture, where the bones are misaligned.
Symptoms include pain and swelling, as well as not being able to put weight on the knee.
A diagnosis made during a medical examination can be backed up with X-rays to show the extent of the damage.
Knee surgery will be necessary if the fracture is unstable or displaced:
Important: This information is only a guideline to help you understand your treatment and what to expect. Everyone is different and your rehabilitation may be quicker or slower than other people’s. Please contact us for advice if you’re worried about any aspect of your health or recovery.