A break in the lower leg bone, the tibia will take several months to fully heal and usually causes a person temporary difficulties in walking independently. Most fractures require some form of operative treatment to correct the alignment, the rotation and length of the tibia . Some of the injuries also cause damage to the soft tissues around the tibia which can further complicate healing.
In a small number of cases in adults and in most paediatric (childhood) injuries, a cast may be enough to treat the fracture. Otherwise, adult patients with tibial fractures can be treated with a number of techniques depending on the fracture type, the soft tissue, the needs of the individual involved, etc, which are best decided by the doctor. The physiotherapist is usually involved in helping mobility and rehabilitation.