A lateral tibial plateau fracture is common in such cases in skiing, Popovitz said, because the ligament tears minimize the padding between two bones in the leg, the femur and the tibia, and the force of the impact after a jump can cause the bones to bang into each other. Such a fracture could be allowed to heal on its own if it is mild, or, in extreme cases, it could require reconstructive surgery involving screws.
“That’s the complicating factor,” Popovitz said. – The Washington Post 2/5/13
Read the full article in The Washington Post, and comments from Dr. Popovitz on Lindsey Vonn’s ACL & MCL injuries just 1 year before the Olympics.