Tibial Plateau Fracture
Overview, Treatment & Management
The tibial plateau is the top joint surface of the shinbone and is one of the most critical load-bearing areas in the human body. So, fractures of the plateau affect knee alignment, stability and motion.
A tibial plateau fracture involves the cartilage surface of the knee joint. Because these fractures occur around the knee joint, they must be treated differently than the tibial shaft fractures.
When a fracture occurs into or around a joint surface, that joint is at high risk of developing arthritis due to the injury. Unfortunately, even if the bone and cartilage surfaces are lined up perfectly, there is still a risk of developing knee arthritis due to injury to the cartilage cells.