The tibia, or shinbone, is the most common fractured long bone in your body. Tibial shaft fracture occurs along the length of the bone, below the knee and above the ankle.
Because it typically takes a major force to break a long bone, other injuries to soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves often occur with these types of fractures.
In planning your treatment several things are considered, including – the cause of your injury, your overall health, the severity of your injury and the extent of soft tissue damage.
Tibial fracture can be treated non-surgically or surgically. There are benefits and risks associated with both forms of treatment. Whether to have surgery is a combined decision made by the patient, the family, and the treating surgeon. The preferred treatment is accordingly based on the type of injury and the general needs of the patient.