What Is Important Besides Getting the Bone to Heal? Impact on Tissue Injury Other Than the Fracture

Michael J. Gardner, Thomas A. Higgins, William H. Harvin, James P. Stannard, Mark A Lee, Brett D. Crist

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Fracture surgeons do a great job of managing bone issues, but they may overlook the associated soft tissue injuries that play a significant role in the final outcome after musculoskeletal injury. The soft tissue reconstruction ladder can help guide reconstructive procedures based on the least complex procedure that allows the best chance of fracture healing. Muscle injury, volume loss, and deconditioning occur with traumatic injury and during the recovery phase. Neuromuscular stimulation, nutrition, and strength training are potential ways to aid in recovery. Complex periarticular knee injuries have a high rate of associated soft tissue injuries that may affect outcome if associated with knee instability. Identifying and addressing these injuries can increase the likelihood of a good outcome. Articular cartilage loss can make articular reconstruction impossible. Large fresh osteoarticular allografts can be a reconstructive option. Addressing all the damaged structures involved with a fracture may be the next step in improving patient outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S21-S24
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Trauma
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • Articular cartilage injury
  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Muscle damage
  • Soft tissue injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'What Is Important Besides Getting the Bone to Heal? Impact on Tissue Injury Other Than the Fracture'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this