SaHCAT ShopTalk: “Tibial Plateau Fractures"

May 2021 Somerset and Hunterdon County Athletic Trainers Shop Talk (virtual!)

Tibial Plateau Fractures with Diana Stavrou, ATC, OTC (Summit Health Orthopedics)

Virtual via GoToMeeting on Tuesday 5/25, 11am-12:30pm 1 Free BOC-approved CE

Agenda: Welcome, 45 Minute Presentation, Q&A with Diana, Open Floor Discussion for ATs in attendance

**Must Pre Register**


Fractures of the tibial plateau involve interruption, depression and/or displacement to the proximal tibia, the primary load bearing surface of the lower leg. These fractures account for 1% of all fractures and have an incidence of about 10.3 per 100,000 individuals annually. The most common incidences of these injuries occur in males under 50 (sports injuries, crashes and high energy mechanisms) and females over 70 (falls and low energy mechanisms). Unlike midshaft tibial injuries, tibial plateau fractures are significant because they involve the knee joint. Early evaluation and management is crucial. It is important for athletic trainers to be able to differentiate these injuries from other osseous and soft tissue injuries both through physical exam and radiologic assessment. If left untreated, tibial plateau fractures may result poor clinical outcomes including but not limited to post traumatic arthritis.

Learning Objectives:

1- Identify common mechanisms of injury, discuss history and physical exam, identify differential diagnoses and concomitant injuries

2-Analyze the most appropriate diagnostic imaging and define the Schatzker Classification of Tibial Plateau Fractures (6 types)

3-Discuss indications for operative and non-operative management of tibial plateau fractures

4-Review operative and post-operative rehabilitation protocols


Diana is a Certified Athletic Trainer currently working in the orthopedic surgery setting at Summit Health in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Since coming on board at Summit in 2018, Diana has played an integral role in the creation of post-operative and rehabilitation protocols and patient education. Her other duties within the practice include DME fitting, splinting/casting, post-operative care and other day-to-day clinical operations. Over the course of her career, Diana has served in a variety of roles in collegiate, high school and clinical orthopedic settings and has experience volunteering at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. She completed her Athletic Training Residency at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO in 2009. She received her Bachelors of Science from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 2005. Diana recently was selected to serve on the Public Relations Committee for the ATPPS (Athletic Trainers in the Physician Practice Society). She strives to be an advocate for Athletic Trainers in the clinical setting, especially those in the New Jersey and surrounding regions.

When not working in the office or taking on per diem coverage assignments, Diana enjoys road and trail running, skiing, hiking, swimming, cheering on the NY Yankees, and most importantly spending quality time with her husband Jon and young son, Tyler.



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Questions? Contact Ryan Stevens, Manager - Athletic Training

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