Rehabilitation of tibial eminence fracture

Salehoun, Roya; Pardisnia, Nima
June 2007
Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;Jun2007, Vol. 51 Issue 2, p99
Academic Journal
Tibial eminence fractures occur as a result of high amounts of tension placed upon the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The incidence of these fractures is higher among adolescent girls due to their inherent skeletal immaturity. In such an injury, direct trauma causes an avulsion fracture occurring at the tibial eminence while the ACL is spared. Imaging is used to confirm the diagnosis of a tibial eminence fracture and regardless of the extent of injury, rehabilitation is crucial for a full recovery. The following is a case study of a 17-year-old girl who was involved in a motor vehicle accident. In the accident, she sustained a left lateral tibial eminence fracture, along with soft tissue injuries at the cervical and lumbar spine. Her treatment included passive and active range of motion (ROM), strength training, physical modalities, and proprioceptive training of the injured areas. An improvement was noted posttreatmen and after a 5-month follow-up according to subjective reports and objective assessments (ROM and girth measurements).


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