Tibial Shaft Fracture: Cast Treatment

  • Jeanne M. Franzone
  • Richard W. Kruse
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A 14-year-old boy sustained a closed right tibial shaft fracture when tackled while kicking a field goal during a football game. The fracture was oblique and comminuted in the setting of open physes. He was treated with closed manipulation and long leg casting. The cast was wedged in the operating room to improve alignment. At 4 weeks postoperatively he was transitioned to a patellar tendon bearing fracture brace with touchdown weight bearing and physical therapy for gentle ankle and knee motion. Weight bearing was then progressed as the fracture continued to heal and the patellar tendon bearing fracture brace was cut down to a below-knee fracture brace. At 3 months postoperatively he was allowed to weight bear as tolerated without the fracture brace, and he was cleared to return to full activities 4 months postoperatively.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicsNemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for ChildrenWilmingtonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eric D. Shirley
    • 1
  1. 1.Pediatric Orthopaedic AssociatesAltantaUSA

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