Fractures around the Knee

Fractures (a break in the bone) around the knee typically occur following some type of trauma. This may be low energy (such as a fall from a standing height) or high energy (such as a motor vehicle accident). The most common type of fractures include patella fractures (the knee cap), proximal tibia fractures (the top portion of the lower leg bone), distal femur fracture (the bottom portion of the thigh bone), and fractures around a knee replacement.

Some fractures can be treated conservatively, without surgery. Other fractures require surgical intervention with plates and screws, rods, or other hardware. The treatment is based on the location, stability, and type of fracture.

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