Utah Jazz Guard Alec Burks out with Broken Fibula

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The fibula is commonly known as the calf bone, which is part of the tibia. There are three main types of tibia fractures – shaft (middle of the lower leg), tibial plateau (by the knee) and tibial plafond fractures (ankle area). Reports said the fracture was in the ankle.

Recovery times vary per the severity of the injury. Tibial fractures need rest, immobilization in a brace or cast, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy. More severe fractures require surgery to set the bone with plates or rods. The Jazz said that no surgery is needed for Burks and news reports say he will be out for at least six week.

You can learn more about tibial fractures from the Intermountain TOSH – The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital.