Tibial plateau fractures are one of the most common types of fractures out there, and the average emergency room sees thousands of instances of these every single year – and they can happen for a variety of different reasons, including sudden trauma to the leg sustained in an accident or sports match.
Usually, these types of fractures can put you out of action for at least six to eight weeks, during which the use of a cast is recommended, and surgery might be necessary depending on the severity of the fracture. In some cases, people can walk around with fractures for weeks, months or sometimes even years without knowing it, which can make an existing injury worse over time.
Here are 8 frequent symptoms of a tibial plateau fracture that you should know about, watch out for and mention to your doctor (or emergency room staff) if you experience any or all of these.
1. Sharp, Stabbing Pain in the Knee
Pain is usually one of the first symptoms that there’s something wrong with your health that needs to be addressed as soon as possible, and for this reason, you should never ignore any type of discomfort or pain and see a doctor. If you experience a sharp and stabbing pain in the knee together with some of the other symptoms that have been mentioned on this list, then a tibial fracture is a likely option – and ideally, you should be rushed to medical attention as soon as possible.
The pain felt together with the fracture is likely to stay constant for the duration of the fracture; usually, until it can be immobilized with the help of a cast and the pain treated with the use of painkillers. Never wait to see your doctor if you feel any associated pain, even if that’s the only symptom so far and even when you can’t tie it to a recent traumatic injury.