CASE REPORT

Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 188-190

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Can the practice of yoga be dangerous? Considerations over a case of epiphyseal separation of the distal tibia in a teenager

  • G. BianchiAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery, Division of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Santa Anna Hospital Email author 
  • , C. CavenagoAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery, Division of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Santa Anna Hospital
  • , M. MarcheseAffiliated withDepartment of Surgery, Division of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Santa Anna Hospital

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Abstract

We describe a fractureseparation of the epiphyseal plate of the distal tibia (Salter-Harris type III, or juvenile fracture of Tillaux) in a 15-year-old girl. The case is of interest, above all, in that the trauma occurred during the execution of a yoga posture. The literature does not speak of complications or traumatic consequences of this type of activity. Analyzing the biomechanics of the traumatic event, it appears that even a physical exercise characterized by slow and gradual movements can cause severe damage, such as the injury described.

Key words

Epiphyseal separation Fracture of Tillaux Growth plate