Sports Docs Weekly Blitz: Tibial plateau fracture ends J.J. Watt's year

Posted on October 13, 2017 at 9:01 AM by Peter Buck, MD

Sports Docs Weekly Blitz - Peter Buck, MD

Peter Buck, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic Sports Medicine

A seemingly innocuous stumble has caused a possible career-ending injury for one of the NFL’s favorite players. A minor misstep and resultant angulatory stress on J.J. Watt's left knee fractured the lower half of his knee joint. This area is called the tibial plateau.

Typically it takes an extreme injury to create a tibial plateau fracture in a young athlete. The fracture results from a very high stress on either the inner or outer half of the knee joint causing severe compression to this region. The tibial plateau, or the flat surface of the tibia in the joint, can fracture.

The severity of this injury can vary greatly. Some can be treated with...

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