Leg or Arm Amputation: Car Crashes and Workplace Accidents Account for 45% of all Amputations

There are close to 2 million people in the United States living with a loss of a limb or extremity. Trauma from a car crash or workplace accident represent 45% of all amputations. (Source: Amputee Coalition). Motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents or a pedestrian being struck by a car, motorcycle or bike as well as workplace injuries and falls all may lead to an amputation. Below knee amputations are the most common amputation.

Broken/Fractured Tibia/Fibula Injuries

Lower leg fractures occur when the tibia or fibula bone is broken. The tibia, or shinbone, is a weight bearing-bone that helps supports our body weight. It is the second longest bone in the body and it is located on the inside half of the leg and runs from the knee to the ankle. No other bone in the human body is broken more often than the tibia bone. The fibula runs alongside the tibia. It is thinner than the tibia. Most tibia fractures cause the fibula to fracture.