Welcome to the TPF Home Page.

This page has many useful sections with information, and fellow TPF sufferer stories.

If you’ve recently suffered a Tibial plateau Fracture this is the place for you. This site was created after having myself gone through the recovery process of TPF, and this site aims to contain information you need and want to know during Recovery. You can visit the forum to chat and share your story with others. Or, start reading in the Recovery Section Above. In the different pages you will find a lot of helpful information for your recovery period including medical information, first hand accounts of personal recovery stories as well as many useful tips & tricks. It’s Important to understand that this info is based on personal experience and research but that I am not a medical professional. This site is not intended to provide personal health advice. Your doctor is the professional source of information and if any advice your doctor gives you contradicts something written in this site- stick with your doctors opinion.

If you’re asking yourself how long your recovery is going to take, or what to expect, check out the recovery section. If you’re looking for some helpful tips and tricks from people who’ve been there – have a look at tips & tricks. We also have a Forum with recovery stories of different people Containing many inspiring stories and a place to ask fellow visitors questions.

If you’re looking for a community of people who have been through the same also check out the forum, or if you are looking for more information and references, those can be found in “further reading” which contains links to other websites and pages.

This page currently contains mostly information regarding recovery and recuperation after a surgery or non-surgical treatment. If you are still in the hospital and want to know more about your injury this is also the place for you. In future I might add some useful information for your stay in the hospital.

Hope you feel at Home, and feel free to contact about anything at all at [email protected]


Note: This site is currently in building and so some sections might not yet be complete



September 10th, 2013


*Note: this website is not intended to provide medical advice. Your doctor is a much better source for medical advice.  This information is based on firsh-hand personal experience and research*


213 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Thank you for this site! I felt alone and frustrated w this injury. Wish I found it sooner (injury in April) those were dark times early on. Glad I can see Im not alone and see that many have recovered successfully. Thank you again!

  2. Ok so I am 33 years old and on 6/7/2015 I broke my tibial plateau. It required surgery with hardware on 6/9/2015. I was placed in a brace and recommended no weight bearing. Well being the no helmet wearing disregard all safety kind of guy I am, I have begun my own physical therapy. I have been working my stretch and flex, lots of exercising, and have now moved on to full on walking. Yes less than 3 weeks after surgery and I’m walking. Now I have a severe tolerance to pain but feel very little pain or discomfort while doing this and keep getting better each day. My leg strength has already increases by at least 10% so far. I Will update you in a few days as I go see my doctor for the first time since surgery.

    • Good luck, I recommend you learn as much as you can about it. You will have plenty of time so might as well read up.

  3. I am 20 yrs old. 10 sept, I face an accident and that time my tibia bone fratured doctor fit a metal plate inside my leg but 8 months passed I cannot run , and also cannot sit on indian pot is it normal …or doc told me for exercise but it is not working , I want to know that when my leg work; properly every activity

  4. How long does the pain last… Surgery April 3. Starting to WB, & only taking Advil. But this is beyond tolerable at this point.

  5. Please check out Tibial Plateau Fracture Recovery group on Facebook. Lots of good info and support. Over 1000 members.

  6. I fractured my tibea plateau 3 months ago. I have been on FWB for the last 3 weeks but am struggling with it. I walk with a limp and my knee is still very stiff. My foot suffers from hot flushes and by the end of the day it feels numb underneath my foot in the arch area. I wear orthotics and this makes the numbness worse. I have been to the physio and do my exercises religious. As a result of the long period NWB I now have back problems and to top it all off I have a husband who thinks I should be running marathons by now. From what I’m reading here I have a long way to go. I don’t really have much pain in my knee just lots of stiffness. Is this normal?

    • Hey Fay, so your husbands a funny guy huh ?! Lol jk . My wife was the same . I am 10 months out of surgery and continue to experience stiffness and some swelling depending on what I do. I would dare to say, perfectly normal . I to experience most of my discomfort in areas other than my knee. 3 months of NWB really does a number on the body. The majority of my pain is in my shin, lots of pressure there, and I to had to purchase orthotics because of the fractures and the surgery. It really does throw your body off . Recovery is going to be long and hard, took me 4 months just to relearn to walk after the 3 months of NWB. Keep your head up, stay patient and work smart and hard, it will come ! Good luck !!!

    • Yes Fay sorry to say I have slot of same issues seems to be par for the course 5 to 6 month recovery will still having ectv12 mos

  7. I got my TPF in Feb.2014, when my knee became too intimate with a New York slab of street ice. BLESSEDLY: I did not have to get a surgery. By September, I was able to walk without the crutch/cane.
    HOWEVER: on Christmas Eve, I fell at home, slipping (yes…running around the apt. in my house slippers!) on ouir cat’s hairball/liquid that I did not see. My knee (YUP…the same one that recovered from the TPF) went smashing into the hardwood floor: breaking the Patella (kneecap) into two. Surgery followed 12/29/14, and I am still on physical therapy, on a cane, and in PAIN! (today is 5/18/15).
    Anybody know how I can get in touch with folks that got a patella surgery….two screws & figure eight wires? I feel for all my friends with TPF issues!!!!!

    • Oh good god man I feel for ya ! That there is pretty crappy luck !! And it gives me the heeby geebies just thinkin about it. I would think you could find a forum regarding Patella injuries similar to this one out there on the net somewhere. Hope you find what you’re looking for, good luck Bobbie! …….oh and tell the cat to clean up after itself !!

  8. Hay guys.

    I had am accident on 15th April. This left me with a type CO Ltd and foot fractures. I have been post ok for three weeks now. I have been told that I’m nwb for 3 months. Currently I’m in a hinged cast with full Rom. Just wondering if you guys could give me some idea of average time scales.

    • Hey Edward. Glad to hear you’re at least in a hinged cast with full ROM, unlike Lee who was immobilized, and I still can’t believe they did that but maintaining your movement throughout NWB is pretty critical. There are so many different variables when it comes to recovery time but with NWB alone I would venture to say a year minimum. The one thing I never did that I wish I had while sitting there for 3 months; be as active as you can be; upper body, lower body, whatever you can do is going to help down the road. Good luck to you !

  9. Hi Terry. You were fortunate to have had therapy after 1 month. I had a full cast for 8 weeks and was only allowed slight movement After that. I had a NHS physio which was ok, but I had to do everything. I was told by the consultant and physio that I wouldn’t get full ROM. I am doing more or less same as you as far as streaching and excersises, but probably more cardiovascular than muscle. I’m hoping that I will still get more ROM in the next couple of months. I will work harder on the stretching. Also going to have more resting. I’ve got a 4 and 6 year boys, very busy. Thanks for inspiration. Lee

  10. Hi fellow middle age man. I’m 42 and had my surgery 8 months ago. Also doing a lot at home and gym. Can only manage about 80 lb of squats at the mo. Glad to know u recovering well. What is your ROM? I’ve also got 12 screws and 4 plates, were 12 weeks NWB, so I’m only getting to 100* at the mo. Would like to get to 120*, any tips?

    • Hey Lee. It sounds like we’re pretty comparable. I was NWB for 3 months but was in therapy after 1 month. I think for me that was the most critical. Although I couldn’t bear weight, my therapist had me stretching and working her magic right away, which I believe is the reason I have full ROM now. What worked for me; I warm up 10 minutes; heel toe walking, recumbent bike etc. Doesnt matter how, just so the legs are warm. After that I stretch hard for an hour( calves, hamstrings, quads). I stretch hard like that twice a week, and it sucks!! The other 3 days I stretch light, 20 minutes, then work on strength. Rest and recovery time are equally as important so I do absolutely nothing on the weekends. I push hard and I work the legs hard, BUT, I’m smart about it. If I were younger I’d probably end up doing something stupid . I’ve learned that this injury will take a lot of recovery time so it’s very important to be patient . Slow and steady wins the race!! I hope I’ve somehow helped. If I can somehow provide some different techniques let me know. Best of luck to you !!!

  11. Hey kids ! 41 year old male here, TPF almost a year ago now. I had surgery to repair the fractures and have 2 plates and 10 screws in. I’ve read many different stories in regards to TPF’s and they typically don’t end well. This injury will be an injury we will always be aware of and it will always limit us; however, never give up the fight !! It will turn out to be mental as well as physical. I have learned that recovery will be never ending. Most importantly though , be patient, don’t force anything and take it slowly , one day at a time. I had a great surgeon and great physical therapists ; the rest is up to me. I believe daily stretching to be crucial in moving forward , followed by strength training. I am now in a place where I am squatting 120 lbs and slowly adding weight, and it feels good !! I will start power walking and move into jogging here this next week and hopefully all will go well. I most certainly feel all your pain and am empathetic for you all. Keep the faith everyone !! Never give up !!! Take it slowly and be smart about things. Good luck and all the best !!!

  12. Hi all, I’m a 21 female and sustained a tpf around 7 weeks ago. On the 23rd of March I injured myself after an awkward jump playing basketball (a jar and twist at the same time). I was in hospital for 5 nights after an X-ray and scans confirmed large fracture across the tibia and fibula and some hairline fractures (about 6) on the tp, I also have ligament damage. My surgeon decided not to operate in the end because of the current instability of the bones but may have to get some later down the line… I have a Richard brace which about a week ago the surgeon unlocked so I have full range of motion. However I am really struggling straightening my leg as before it was locked at 45 degrees- has anyone else had this? Any advice? I try little and often but can’t get past 15 degrees- it hurts too much and my hamstrings too tight. I also get shooting pains occasionally even when it’s elevated and still. As I am trying to finish my dissertation I am reluctant to start taking my pain killers again. I see the consultant in week 9 when I hope to start weight bearing- is there anything I could do to prepare myself? Also, a bit gross (sorry!) but I have had a huge build up of skin on my foot! Mostly on the ball but also between the toes and ankle. I assume because I’m non weight bearing but it’s so disgusting! Any advice? Also has anyone else had to wait for there fracture to heal before having surgery? Would be interested to hear. :) thanks in advance!

    • Hey Emily. If it were me, I think I may get a second opinion. Your surgery will be the first critical part of your recovery. Do some research and make sure you’re comfortable with that person and they are well respected in their field. I’m 10 months out of surgery and I feel the effects every single minute of the day. This is a life altering injury but one you can manage. After 3 months of NWB every part of my leg below the knee has been affected. You should expect this. I continue to feel pressure in my shin and around my knee. My knee, my ankle , crack and creak and moan but along as there’s no pain associated with it , it’s going to be normal. Whatever you experience, to a degree, is going to be normal, as long as there’s no pain !! Find yourself a very good orthopedic surgeon followed by very good physical therapists ! After that , you have to want it . Work hard but be smart about it. It’s going to feel like one step forward, two steps back, it did for me, it does for me, but NEVER give up ! Good luck to you ! I hope it goes well !!

    • Hi Emily, I also had a tpf from basketball involving a wedge-shaped break of the tibia, compression fracture across the plateau and fibula displacement. I had to wait 4 days for the swelling to go down before surgery to install a t-piece metal plate and 6 screws. I was in a brace and then crutches and had (am still having a year later) plenty of physio. Waiting for your bones to heal a little before surgery is common if the area is unstable, but if you have any doubts, ask more questions or get another opinion.

      Before weight bearing your surgeon will probably check your range of motion is improving. See a physiotherapist on a weekly basis, perhaps twice a week. I had the reverse problem to you! As I was locked dead straight in my brace, my knee wouldn’t bend to 45 degrees when my brace was unlocked. It took about a month. Focus on making small improvements daily, don’t stress about not being able to do everything all at once. It will take time and your physio will guide you through that process, including stretching your muscles and ligaments etc. to assist range of motion without straining.

      I also found excess skin from the swelling and non weight bearing to be a total surprise (!) and yes, a bit gross. My husband was a huge help and would gently wash it off with a wet towel. Keeping it hydrated helped a lot, so invest in a good moisturising lotion.

      I have some nerve damage on the top of my foot and around my knee from the injury, which during the first few weeks back home was very painful (felt like burning and zapping pain). Also keeping my foot warm enough due to the circulation problems was difficult. The surgeon said it may take another year to regain feeling. You should discuss your shooting pains with your doctor, it could be nerve pain and may just take time to heal.

      I was prescribed oxycontin & endone, paracetamol and vitamin c. I took them daily and needed to for the pain. My physio has been the best medicine and the bi-monthly massage to loosen the tightness in my leg is heavenly. A year on from my injury, I still have a lot of work to do and do clinical pilates weekly, but I wouldn’t be where I am now without my amazing surgeon and physio. Like Terry says, these are the two people you really need so make sure you’re happy with them! Good luck.

  13. Hello everyone,

    Back in January I was in a ski accident resulting in an avulsion fracture to my TP caused by the sudden and strong pull of my ACL when I fell. I am 12 weeks PO and am 75% WB on crutches and going to PT 4 times a week. The biggest struggle is that my knee cap is pretty immobile and it seems like I have a lot of scar tissue that is keeping my from bending more than 65% degrees and my extension is still very much a struggle. I can get it straight with passive force but not with mere movement. My PT is convinced that my OS needs to go in and do a scope to get all of the scar tissue out. However, my OS seems to be taking more of the long term healing approach and doesn’t want to do anything but steady PT until I’m better.

    As of today, I’ve been passed up for a promotion because of my lack of physical ability (of course they didn’t say that but it’s pretty obvious). My question is, does anyone have any experience with an avulsion fracture specifically? Apparently they make things extra sensitive and recovery go from 6-9 weeks to more like 4-6 months.

    Additionally, has anyone had a scope done to break up the scar tissue in their knees? I keep hearing of this working wonders but wonder if it’s even an option for my type of injury. I just want to get better faster (obviously).

    Thanks so much and I hope everyone is benefitting from seeing that they are not alone! This sucks. Don’t let anyone minimize that, but apparently it does get better!

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