Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 188–190 | Cite as

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

  • G. BianchiEmail author
  • C. Cavenago
  • M. Marchese


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 


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© Springer-Verlag Italia 2004

Authors and Affiliations

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

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