Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 188–190

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


DOI: 10.1007/s10195-004-0069-y

Cite this article as:
Bianchi, G., Cavenago, C. & Marchese, M. J Orthopaed Traumatol (2004) 5: 188. doi:10.1007/s10195-004-0069-y


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 separationFracture of TillauxGrowth plate

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopedics and TraumatologySanta Anna HospitalComoItaly