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 info@mytpf.com


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*


119 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I recently ended up with a TPF and fibula also, when I was involved in an accident while riding my motorcycle. It has been almost 2 weeks since my accident and 1 week since my surgery to repair the damage. I was glad to find your page. Hopefully more will jump on board!


    • Hang in there, everybody!
      My recovery was slow: even though I only had a five cm fracture, & did not have to get surgery.
      Take your vitamins, esp. calcium & eat very well to help the body heal more quickly!
      I am off crutches now, but left with spinal & BAD wrist pain from the crutches.
      This also promises to heal.

  2. my tpfx was 8/12. i’m still struggling, and avid for feedback from people who have opted for hardware removal. I want to hear all sides of the story: good, bad, mixed, benefits, drawbacks, risks, good outcomes, bad outcomes, mixed outcomes– everything. I am going to get so much more from these people than I do from the 3 minutes I get with ortho sugeon.

    • I sustained a tpf almost 3 yrs ago after being bucked off a horse while fox hunting. I had to have a large plate and some very long screws put in to fix it. The hardware caused awful pain and I had it removed. It made a world of difference even though my knee still causes me a lot of pain! Much better without the hardware though!

      • I too, have a tpf Medial and lateral sides plates, screws etc. My fracture happened on April 5, 2014. I did not walk for 97 days and am now on a cane. My question to you is did you continue to ride when you healed?

        • Small world, I was in a car accident April 8th 2014. I had to undergo surgery and had plates and screws put in. As well as having blood clots which led to a greenfield filter so I could be operated on. A very scary experience all around as well horrific pain. 12 weeks non weight baring. Physical therapy helping tremendously. I am now walking completely on my own. Some extention still to work on and range of motion but I am confident. Pilates even being modified has helped. Lots of calcium and daily vitamins have made a difference in the pain level.

    • I had a TPF on 1/10/11 with surgery on 1/11/11 (at 1:11pm). The plate and nine screws were removed on 8/18/12. Best decision ever! I live in the midwest and any time the cold would hit the hardware I was in pain. I felt 100% better after removal.

      • Holly,

        I just saw your comment. If you are still on this forum, would you mind telling me about your surgery to remove the hardware? How painful was it? Did you lose more feeling in the leg? Did you have to remain immobile for a time? Did your bone heal fully or do you have scars from the screw holes?


  3. Hi Everyone!
    I’ve added a forum page to the site so that other people can find and read everyone’s questions and their stories in one place.
    Feel free to use the forums for questions, answers, personal stories or anything else.

  4. In May 2013, I had fractured my Tibial Plateau in my RT leg. I had multiple fractures on both sides. I believe it was a Schazker Type VI fracture. It took two surgeries to fix it, first fixing the medial side, then the lateral. I have a plate on each side fixated with many screws. I was in a soft cast and non weight bearing for three months. It is now six months into my recover. I have about a 20 degree Flexion flexion contracture, which has caused me to not be able to put full weight on my RT leg while standing and probably major gait problems. I now have developed a lot of pain in my good knee do to overuse. My Flexion Contracture is not responsive to physical therapy or a knee brace for straighening the leg. I am getting more and more physical tired and mentally tired. I have dealt with depression all my life and this has made it worse. I am really worried about the future and my independence and mobility. Maybe someone out their is going through a similar situation and may have some encouraging words.

  5. Hello. Needed a forum to discuss my tibial plateau fracture. My fracture was pretty bad and I was bed bound for several weeks. I had to have a fixator with pins drilled into the femur and shin. Then later had the plate and screws. My shin split down the center as well.
    8 months later and a changed life, I still have swelling, plenty if pain, and lots of stiffness. I had to use a wheelchair for 3-4 months and then walker. Then cane.
    I just walked two miles last night and although I am proud, I am paying for it today. Feels like it will last forever and be part of my life but i was released from PT and still work pretty hard on my stretches. If I force it, it’s not good. If I don’t work it, it’s not good. Anyone else relate? My accident was motorcycle related.

    • Yes I can relate. I have a post about my fracture. But I had two surgeries about 1 week and half apart to repair both sides of my Tibia. I have a plate on each side and many screws. It has been over 6 months now since my injury. I still have what they call a Flexion Contracture about 15 to 20 degrees. PT has had no effect. Basically the leg will not fully straighten so my walking is affected and also when I stand, most of my weight is put on my good leg. This has caused be to develop knee pain in my good leg. But i am walking on my own with a limp. I worry about how long the repaired leg will last in its current condition and how my good knee will be affected. My surgeon told me I would need total knee replacement in 5 to 10 years. The question I wanted to ask is why they didn’t just to Total Knee instead in the beginning. If you want to tell more about your leg I will try my best to help.

    • Hi I just had a car accident on August 8 , 2014. I had both legs severely broken and a severely broken right ankle. I also have fixators with pins in both legs. I’m having surgery this Wednesday, on one leg and Friday on the other leg. I’m in unbearable pain and I’m worried about the pain post surgery being worse. During surgery they are removing the fixators and putting the metal inside. I’m nit sure since both of my legs are in bad shape when I will be walking? Your thoughts appreciated. Also, how painful is the therapy of your knee being moved to get back your range of motion.

      • Hi, Marcie.

        WOW. I am so sorry to hear that. You really got banged up badly!

        I had a motorcycle crash and did a number one one leg. I, too, was in an ex-fix for a week pre-surgery. I now have 2 plates and 14 screws holding my lower leg together.

        I am still NWB and have been for 13 weeks now, and hopefully I will start walking in 2.5 weeks when I see my doc again. Since I am not Willy Wonka I won’t sugar coat anything. The first night post-surgery I was in a great amount of pain. Take all pain meds offered to you and ice. Yes, ice packs will be your friends for the next several weeks.

        I have a great team of physical therapists working with me. I have been in PT, 2x weekly, since the top of June. In the early days there was some pain, but not the level you experience in the early days in the hospital. Once I got through the first few weeks, I found my definition of “pain” had changed. Now everything it seems is now a “discomfort” or “ache”. The good news is the hard part will seem to be behind you. Anyways, the PT I work with pushed me to be in some discomfort, but they also knew we had a lot of time to get my ROM back.

        I never thought I would be able to get any ROM back, but after 3.5 months I have it ALL back! The biggest challenge for me has been the emotional and mental piece to this whole mess, and that is why this website is so helpful. You are never alone and you do have an element of support from those going thru this life changing injury.

        I wish you well, and read this site often. You will need it.

        Peace to you!

  6. My fracture happened 11.26.13 I feel like my life is now forever changed. I am a very young and active 56 years old and resting is not in my wheel house. I should also state I am an RN. I want to walk again!!!! I am afraid I will never be able to do that. I know intellectually I will, but I’d like that to have happened yesterday. Also in my practice, I have never worked with fractures, so I too am a fish out of water. I am also so very mad at myself…I fell down a flight of stairs…dumb on my part. I know this could have been so much worse, but….Anyway I am glad I found this forum and look forward to reading and healing more with all of you. God Bless.

    • I understand where you are coming from. My fracture occurred 11-14-13. I too fell down the steps in my home. I am 58 and work full time and go to school full time. Everyone keeps telling me how lucky I am not to have done anything worse, which I realize. I am still beyond frustrated as I have a lot of swelling in my knee, calf and my foot. I can’t get much info from my ortho. He just tells me the x-rays look “good”. The PT has just started coming to help with range of motion exercises, however, it’s nearly impossible to do them because the swelling becomes so severe if I don’t keep my foot propped and over my head. I have to go back to work soon as I am running out of short term disability and school starts up again Jan 13th, but I feel like I’m in this all alone. I can’t find out if this much swelling for this long is normal. I’m worried that the longer I go like this the less chance I’ll have of walking or walking unassisted. I too am very excited to find this page and hope to learn a lot. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

      • Dee, swelling a lot still is normal,ok well nothing is normal lol..Ice,ice,ice Iam just now 8 weeks and swelling has gotten less and lesss, if I go to a store or therapy it swells right back up..but getting much better, practice your ROM and stretching 20 times a day everday when your sitting, or laying on the couch or bed, stretch, slide ,lift keep moving those muscles your recovery depends on it everday you skip stiffens you right back up anything where you feel muscles moving helps the atrophy,

    • How are you doing with your leg now? I have been weight bearing for ten days now still pain and swelling did yours get workable for you to go back to work

    • i had a tibial plateau fracture which also happened 11/26/2014, i am 47, the fracture has healed, my walking has gotten a whole lot better, but when i bend it, it still hurt, i want to know what kind of exercises can i do to get the stiffness out, can anyone give me some advice, i forgot to mention that i did not have surgery

      • Hi Sharon,
        I have also Tibia plateau stress fracture 06/11/2014. I cant walk my knee is hyperextended. My ACL, MCL,PCL ARE normal.
        its almost 9 weeks but walking is very difficult. In your case how many days for recovery. I am worried why I cant walk when I walk my knee
        has straight. plz reply.

  7. hi dee, and happy new year. i dont have any swelling at this point, but i also dont have any pt in place. unfortunately tho i went to the doctor last thursdaay, and my fracture is shifting, only .5mm but shifting. i have to go again on monday for another xray. hopefully no further movement. i believe the brace/leg immobilizer was placed wrong. because i had to go the orthotics place any boy did they put it on different. cant move anything now. so im praying this is now correct and nothing is moving. im sure this will set me back with partial weight bearint , but i dont care as long as at the end of all of this i can walk. take care and stay strong.

  8. My fracture happened 6/1/13 – fell off an above ground pool ledge. I have a plate and 7 screws in my leg. It has been a rough 7 months for me. A month after surgery, my leg got infected. Because of this, it has slowed down the healing process. I was NWB for 3.5 months and that was the hardest thing for me. I hated relying on other people to help me. I hated the fact that I couldn’t do things for my kids the way I used to.
    On 8/30/13, I had another surgery to “wash” the infection out and had a PICC line inserted. I was on IV meds for 5 weeks. They had to take me off of them b/c I had an allergic reaction to everything they tried. I have never spent so much time in the hospital in my life! Right now, I am on oral meds and tolerating them well. I was going to Infectious Disease weekly but now have graduating to monthly.
    On 1/6/14, I go back to the OS and hopefully we are going to discuss the hardware removal surgery. It was supposed to be in December but of course, the bone wasn’t ready yet. That is the problem – I have to get the metal out to clear up the infection but the bone is not ready to remove the hardware.
    At the end of November, they gave me a bone stimulator. At first, I was skeptical about it. How could this possibly work?? Now after wearing it for 10 hours a day for the past 5 weeks, I feel stronger. I still can’t walk on my own but I am down to one crutch.
    I am eagerly awaiting my next and final surgery – I want to be my old self again. I have never heard of anyone having this much trouble with a broken leg. I am glad there are forums for us!

    • Curious to see how you’re doing now… my situation is similar, but just occurred end of March. I’ve been NWB ever since, but doc thinks in a few weeks I’ll be able to start putting weight again. I did, however, like you, get an infection apparently. I’m doing the at home antibiotics for 6 weeks. We’ll see how that goes. I’m 35 and in very good shape (relatively speaking) so I’m hoping things will get better soon.

      Love to hear how things went for you and how long it took to get walking again. Thanks.

  9. I incurred a Schatzker VI tibia plateau fracture 9/9/12. I was immediately treated for compartment syndrome and fitted with an external fixator. Plates and screws installed 10-4-12 (one day after my 56th birthday) and fixator removed. I began physical therapy three days a week two weeks later. Initially I received electrical stimulation of upper leg muscles along with range of motion exercises for knee and ankle, along with strengthening exercises with bands while laying and seated. Physical Therapist gave me ROM exercises to do at home. Two months into PT, I was put on a stationary bicycle in which they gradually decreased ‘seat to pedal’ distance. Three months into PT, they put me in the pool with water level to my shoulders in which I walked and exercised. At this time I was applying slight weight to my leg while on crutches. Pool water level at end of fourth month was just above my waist, I was walking with a cane and working with weights. I ended my PT sessions at end of the fourth month. I began riding my bicycle for an hour four days a week, walking one mile in the morning and two miles in the evening three days a week, continued weight exercises at the local gym, and continued ROM exercises. On my bicycle, initially I had to raise the seat as high as I could and still maintain ‘foot to pedal’ contact. All this time, I was experiencing discomfort in my knee, ankle, and shin (shin hurt like a shin splint would). Eventually I was able to return my bicycle seat to it’s normal height and my knee discomfort would dissipate after riding or walking a couple of miles. One year from my surgery, I decided I was going to run a half marathon thanksgiving weekend, so I started jogging. I devised my plan, stuck to it, and completed that half marathon without having to walk any. I finished in 2:32:30. I would have been ashamed of this time before my fracture, but I’m not now. I haven’t done much since that event, but now I’m starting my exercise routine which I had before my accident. I ran 3 miles per day every other day last week and I intend to run again tomorrow. My cycling will be performed on a stationary bike until this cold weather ends and my weight workouts will begin tomorrow. Before my accident, I was running five miles three days a week at a 7 minute per mile pace, riding my bicycle 30 miles three days a week at a 19 mph average and working with weights 5 days a week. I intend to return to this performance. I don’t wish a TPF on anyone. It is considered one of the hardest to overcome. I still have discomfort in my knee for a little while when I begin using it in any manner. My discomfort in my shin is hardly noticeable. I find myself becoming mad at my leg,knee,ankle, so I grit my teeth and plow through it’s rehab. My ankle still pops at times. Pain in my knee and leg is more than an annoyance when I twist on that leg or travel in any direction other than forward. My advise to anyone recovering from a TPF, is to do everything your Physical Therapist recommends and your doctor allows. Return to the top of this page and click on ‘physiotherapy’, I believe you should be doing everything listed religiously when approved by your doctor. I don’t feel the need, at this time, to have my hardware removed. I have not mounted that motorcycle yet on which my accident occurred while racing an off road enduro, but I feel that itch to begin shortly. I’ll have to scratch it.

    • Gary,

      Thanks for the in-depth, lengthy & specific note. Yours may be the first testimony I’ve read that is encouraging for people like us that are very active ( or were ) before this event. I just passed the one month post- op mark so still non WB & am feeling the cabin fever really starting to creep in. I’m trying to,keep the foot & ankle fluid while this dead leg remains in a splint. Now I go,outside everyday for a lap or two around the house–crutching along!

      I’m an avid cyclist so hope I can get on a stationary bike as soon as they allow it. I’ve also read numerous posts of the benefit of water to rehab.

      One of these days I hope to be back on my motorcycles as well…maybe even those skis that caused this whole mess?!!

      Thanks again,


    • And “scratch” you shall, Gary!
      Your comment has given me Hope.
      I don’t know any other way to verbalize the kind of thanks I have for you, by relating your sometimes difficult, forward moving Recovery.
      I’ve only been outdoors three times since I slipped on ice here in Yonkers, New York, 2/22/14 (ER; first idiot specialist; 2nd specialist who is MUCH better).
      #2 Doc is Dr. Evan Schwechter, MD of Montefiore Hospital (Bainbridge, The Bronx) & was SO impressed that I came into his office for the FIRST time, with my small “TPF Notebook” with WRITTEN DOWN questions in it, that he ACTUALLY paid attention.
      When I asked about where I was on The Schazker Scale, his eyes widened: “Excuse me, I have to sit.”
      He did. “Are you a nurse or something?”
      (For a fleeting moment, I thought: does he think I’m an RN because I’m female? I COULD be a doctor!). I kept this thought to myself.
      So, in a friendly/inquisitively soft voice, I replied:
      “No: But I’m a human who’s gonna ask alota questions about the only body I will have the opportunity to LIVE in. I want to heal. So I’ll ask, and you can answer. That OK?”
      He could only shake his head with vulnerability. I asked again about The Schazker Scale level I was at: “How did you know about THAT?”
      “I own a computer.”
      “Oh,” He replied.
      From that point on, he answered every question I had in my 5.5 X 3.5 one inch thick spiral bound notebook. I had a pen & wrote down some of his responses while he spoke. Others, I didn’t need to write down. I made SURE to keep eye contact with him. I noted that, initially, this was not an easy task for him, but in the course of the fifteen minute examination (as a counselor, I’ll call it, “MY Session”) he began to meet my eyes when he spoke, & even referred to my X-Ray on the computer screen in the room (Montefiore is totally on the EMR System, “Electronic Medical Record” so all your X-Rays, MRI/CAT scan results, previous appointments are there for the doc to view by a click).
      I believe that in the very FIRST appt. with ANY doctor, you DO have the power to set the tone, and “ESTABLISH” a Meaningful RELATIONSHIP with the doc. You gotta be serious & firm, but NICE. You gotta ask DETAILED questions, but NICE. You are Respectful to the doc, & s/he will (usually) respond in return. If not: Clearly (again, nicely) inform the doc that you will take your checkbook to one of her/his colleagues on the LIST of your Medical insurance. Generally it don’t get to this point, once you inform them that “this is the ONLY body I will get, so I’m serious about doing all this right. SO TALK TO ME!”
      There is something about entering the room with a written list of Questions in your small Notebook & a pen. Because of the wheelchair, or if you are on crutches, have a “Fanny Pack” or small pouch on a string around your neck (Guys: now-a-days this is NOT weird or less than masculine looking. Besides: our body is damaged. Carry the small notebook & pen. You never know when you will think of a question during the day to jot down! The WORST feeling is remembering a question as you are in the elevator, LEAVING the doctor’s office!
      I LOVE this website! I don’t feel ALONE in my tiny apartment, not being able to get outside.
      Thank you to ALL of you on this website. You are helping me “walk through this” particular Journey in my life.
      Email anytime. Please share this with others. We need to take care of Ourselves by caring for Others.
      “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in Others, BELONG to us, as well.” – Voltaire
      SORRY: Can’t resist a good quote:
      One from “Criminal Minds” (TV program final statement of every episode gives one & you can Google a website to read ALL of them):
      “Scars (insert “TPF’s) remind us where we’ve been. They don’t have to Dictate where we’re going.”
      Probably how FAST we’ll get there, though!!!
      Don’t know the author of that one. Interesting web site to check out form your wheelchair.
      Again: BLESSINGS to you & to ALL with Tibia Trouble.
      Email me anytime. I’m here.
      Robbin “Bobbie” Clarke, Yonkers, New York

    • My TPF is only 5 weeks ago (May 11th, 2014) but I too hope to be able to race enduro again next year. I recovered from a major shoulder injury 6 years ago (it’s not perfect but it does’t slow me down on my bike) and as on that occasion, it’s up to me to put in the effort to get this thing as well as can be expected. I am older than most but cannot get rid of that itch; how you getting on now ? MP

    • Hi Gary, your message has inspired me, as I admit that after being knocked down and sustaining a tibial plateau fracture on 16 December 2013 (two months before my 59 birthday) there are days I feel extremely frustrated: standing, shopping and walking in any direction other than straightforward is not automatic even after near on seven months. I was fit with an external fixator for the first four months and have been told that it is normal for the leg to swell and turn red, particularly when standing, due to the fitting of the pins into soft tissue and nerves. I have maintained a good ROM but the strength in the knee seems very poor – steps are an issue. However, I have stuck to the exercises prescribed by the physio and on my own accord continue to walk around the park twice a day without any support to establish a good walking pattern and strengthen the toe to heel movement. I have been told I will not be a runner but after reading your account I am going to remain positive and certainly continue with the walking. This website and everyone’s message has helped me to keep a positive mental attitude and I wish everyone good luck with their endeavours which at times seem quite daunting.

  10. My TPF occurred on 12-27-13, a rather I undramatic fall while skiing. I am 52 yr old. Ski patrol “called it” on the mountain, ER x ray confirmed. Waited to see orthopedic trauma surgeon at U Penn, Dr Samir Mehta, when I got home 10 days later. Fully expecting surgery he felt I would heal from type I TPF on my own. Five weeks later I’m out of full leg brace (today!) an ready for PT. Very interested to learn about recovery and how to regain full ROM and strength, if possible.

    • Hello April, I am in my hotel room after a fall while I was skiing. I am also 52 and my fall was undramatic as well. I was diagnosed by the ski resort physician with TPF just 6 hours ago. I am doing my research and found your posting and was interested in how your recovery is going. My husband and I are staying a few extra days at the hotel before we fly home to give my knee some time for the swelling to go down. I am curious what the determining factor was for your non-surgical choice? I hope all goes well for the both of us.

      • Hi Sandra,
        So sorry for your injury! First, let me encourage to you join the Facebook page Tibial Plateau Fracture Recovery. It is an invaluable resource. It’s a closed group, instructions on how to join are at the top of the page. Members speak freely and openly about their experience while offering encouragement and support during recovery. Many thanks to Judy Flentge for the suggestion.

        Today is 11wk anniversary of my injury. I had a Type 1 Closed TPF, the “simplest” version of the injury (google Schatzker TPF classification). I was in tip top physical shape, low body weight, excellent health overall. I do tons of yoga so my kinetic awareness is quite high. The type of fracture was the primary consideration, all of the of the other factors contributed to the no surgery diagnosis. The surgeon was confident that my bone would mend on its own and it has. I had thought that surgery would help me heal faster/better but he said that was a false assumption. The most conservative route is to heal on your own. The swelling might begin to subside but expect to stick around for a least the first couple of months.

        I wrote a much longer response but i’m not sure if it’s appropriate for this forum. Is there some way for me to send it to you directly?

          • How’s it going? I’m two weeks into full weight bearing and making good progress. In fact, my son and I spend the week in Panama. I did bring a collapsible cane and had some swelling but otherwise no worse for the wear. It does get better!!

  11. I slipped on ice 2/21 & got TPF. In 1968 (age 12) I wrecked up the knee playing basketball. Back in those OLDEN days, doc said “Ice, elevate & soak in Epsom Salts.” This was his solution for EVERYTHING!!!!
    In 1995, had first surgery for dislocated patella & medial meniscal tear after falling on a wet stair on this same knee.
    Then 2/21/14 fall on ice: fell sideways into a snow bank, & the knee never even came close to touching the pavement. In that “Falling”moment: it just felt like somebody snapped me in the outer knee with a rubber band. WOW: the pain is bad!
    No surgery suggested.
    What is it about these docs that won’t answer questions?
    I had to get a little “Bronx-ie” with the Ortho doc to get answers to my questions, which I had, WRITTEN DOWN, before arriving to my first appointment.

  12. Hello, I am 48 yrs old and 4 weeks ago twisted my knee. No fall, loud pop, serious pain. Initial diagnosis was unremarkable. Days later my MRI showed non displaced lateral tibial plateau fracture and torn medial meniscus. My surgeon has had me in brace, both with and without hinge, NWB. I have been fairly compliant about NWB, but often find myself lightly walking around house to manage alone during the day. My surgeon has been waiting for the fracture to heal, and next week I am having surgery to correct the torn meniscus. The side note to all of this is that I am osteopenic and have broken many bones in the past few years, with slow healing results. My concern is the ability of TPF to heal on its own. The surgeon said correcting the meniscus may put valgus pressure on the tibial head has chosen to allow the TPF to somewhat heal before addressing the meniscus. (hence the 5 wk wait) What is the likelihood that the surgeon will need to put screws in my tibial plateau while correcting meniscus tear? I am wondering if I should have advocated for surgical intervention on the TPF earlier, rather than extending my healing time for so long. I am apprehensive that all of this is simply leading up to many more weeks of NWB and being out of work. I am an elementary physical education teacher… Thoughts?

  13. Fell 3 wrungs of step ladder29/12/3013 sustained tibial plateau fracture to left leg.
    Since doing this I have had seven general anasthetics in last eleven weeks .The consultant sent me home to get walking for a while then I have got to have knee replacement visited physio yesterday who has referred me to hydrotherapy every time I stand up or attempt to do the exercise my knee swells like a purple football.
    The last op was to repair all the ligaments in my knee this has been most painfully op to date.In the beginning I had compartment syndrome due too all these ops my leg is a patchwork of scars glad I found this site anyone else have the same problem after eleven weeks I am getting really down about this now and feel as if I’m getting nowhere
    The consultant told my daughter it will take a year to be at my best

  14. I slipped on ice & got 5mm fracture: I get xrayed again in April & HOPE to avid Op. also left leg, Pyramid. Happened 2/21/14, & they GUESS three to 4 mos., IF I am a “Good Girl” & absolutely NOT place ANY weight on the leg before they say so. Still swollen, can’t work, 58 year old lady who is bored to tears & wants my independence back!

    • I hear you loud and clear! BUT be confident that non-weight bearing is essential. It is the unifying message among all of the various type of TPF injuries. Let that bone heal. When I was especially frustrated I would remind myself that I was focused on healing for the next 20+YEARS not weeks. Crazy head trip though, no doubt about it. Hang in there!

    • Hello Robbin: I too am 58 and have had a tpf , left leg,on July 4th 2014. I’ve gotten very little info from surgeon so far, except nwb for 3 months. I had surgery on July 8 and had a rod and 5 screws. Have had good range of motion, but still very stiff and painful. I slipped off a deck 2.5 feet. Going back to work desk duty only on Aug 8th. The worst for me has been loss of independence and having to rely on others, who’ve been wonderful. I was active and in charge of my life until this! Struggling with depression and some PTSD around the ‘event’. Not to mention, wishing I could retire and spend my time on what’s REALLY important to me! Hope your recovery is coming along well and that you’re getting some of that independence back! Thanks for telling your story.

  15. So sorry to hear about your accident. I understand how boring (and depressing) it can be to completely sidelined. Try to keep your spirits with exercise for your core, upper body, and good leg. I spent a lot of time with Netflix. Finished several entire series. Read, do puzzles to keep your brain active. Someone bought me a Kindle and that occupied a lot of my time. But, whatever you do….don’t weight bear. Last thing you want is to prolong your healing by using that leg when it is not ready.

  16. Almost 2 weeks since my surgery .
    Non-weight bearing for 3-4 months!!
    I am happy to have found this forum , as I am feeling “down”‘looking at the time it apparently takes to heal from this fracture.
    I hope I am ” signing ” on right.
    Looking forward to hearing what others have say about this journey!

  17. If you’re on Facebook, put Tibial Plateau Fracture Recovery in the search box at the top of the page. This will take you to a closed group page for those of us dealing with this injury. The first post is by Liza where she explains how to join the group.

    I cannot express how much help this group has been to me! It’s rightfully difficult for family and friends to fully understand what we’re dealing with and sometimes you just need to vent, moan, groan, cry, scream… (well you get the picture) to understanding ears. It is also a fantastic place to hear how other PT and OS are dealing with the injury. No single approach.

    It’s like this forum on steroids. Check it out.

    • For some reason I am having trouble accessing the FB page . I typed in the tibial plateau fracture recovery….didnit see any posts by Liza, only a group count .
      What am I doing wrong? Do I need a sponsor ?

  18. Thanks! Before “The Fall” I was a Planet Fitness & Pilates regular. I started working out on the couch two weeks ago when the doc said: “OK-just NO weight bearing.” The leg is coming back fast, but have pain on outer left corner of knee. When you said “Netflix” what did you mean? Is this something on the computer? On the TV? I am also seeking FREE Spanish Language stuff/websites/Webinars on the computer, to brush up my High School Spanish for when I can get back to work….Anybody know of any? Robbin Clarke in Yonkers, NY.

  19. Netflix…It is a subscription based movie and TV site. You can watch the movies and shows on your computer or TV. In order to watch them on TV you need to have internet access on your TV… I bought myself an inexpensive projector and have set up a “movie” room by projecting the computer picture up onto the wall. At least I am not propped up in bed watching a little screen this way…

  20. Cary, if you go to the further reading tab on this site you’re will find the link to the Facebook page under community

  21. I work in the mental health field and two of my clients got into a fight. One pushed the other with such force that he fell on me, breaking my tibia. I’m just very angry at this point. I’m not a person to set inside and I am scared to do anything. I can’t drive so have to rely on others. I will be having surgery in about 2 weeks. I’m 59 years old and am praying all goes ok. And that I try to stay positive. Not easy. So glad we have this forum.

    • Hi Cindy, I am same age and making good progress. Be patient an take the advice of your surgeon. Why do you have to wait so long for surgery?

    • Hi Cindy,

      I’m 65, am a Social Worker and got my TPF by falling down a flight and a half of stairs. I also try to stay positive and most days it works. But then there is the days that my anger about what happened flares and I become frustrated and very negative. Then I get the attitude I don’t want to do any of this anymore…that I’m tired of going up my stairs on my butt to leave my apartment…that I’m tired of my arms and hands being sore from using the walker. That I want to be able to cook, work out at the gym, ride my mountain bike and even go to the movies. What I’m trying to say is none of this is easy so we need to take one day at a time and just BREATHE………………………………


  22. I got my tpf on February 15,2014. I just got off the chairlift and was on flat ground and crossed my skis. When I went to uncross them, I felt my outside of my left knee pull, then I fell on the right side. I could not get up and had the ski patrol take me done the hill. I found out most ski injuries occur right before your last run. I am 56 and have been skiing for 36 years. I did not have to have surgery, and I am in the 6th week of recovery and have 4 more weeks of non weight bearing. I am very active and want to know will I be able to ski again. If you are active, will your knee bother you the more you do? I am doing in home pt and have gotten good at my range of motion, but that has been painful. I’m very lucky I just retired and a very supportive husband. Just wondering what the future holds and what helps. Thanks.

    • Hi Lilly,
      I got my TPF on 06/11/2014 but I cant walk. I want to know in your case how much time it took. In my case surgery is not needed.
      My doctor not recommened for PT now.

  23. Hey Cindy & Dottie: I am also in the Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse field. I hear the emotional pain of being the person who was there for your clients, wanting to help them in THEIR Journey, & then getting unfortunately caught in a situation beyond your control, and having to suffer. I’ve been physically hurt at the Methadone Clinic where I counseled, and instead of empathy from my co-workers & supervisor, I was put down. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time did not count. Trying, in that moment, to use my personal & professional skills to diffuse a dangerous situation didn’t count to my boss. But, I know, in my heart, that what I did, was the right thing. MY knowing: is all that matters.
    Now YOU have a different Journey.
    Your body is temporarily damaged, but you still have your Mind & your incredible Spirit. Maybe God (or The Universe, or Karma,Yahweh, Buddha, your Higher Power..etc. Pick one or none…) wants you to sit still & Listen for a time. Maybe this is the opportunity in your life to go inward, make decisions/plans, think about Love….only YOU know. Maybe not right now: but keep Listening to your Spirit: that same Spirit that called you to your vocation in Behavioral/Mental Health long ago. That voice still calls. Take this inert time to Listen closely. That’s what I’m doing, but some days it’s difficult to be open to hearing…. You & I will just keep an open Heart & an open ear……..

  24. Great website. Suffered a bicondylar (type v?) TPF 2 weeks ago today. Surgery last Saturday. It’s great reading how others have dealt with what seems to be quite a rare injury and the timescales associated with it healing.

  25. Not sure I posted in the right section as I posted on the recovery page instead of here……..
    Just want to say great website

  26. Question: Today is 3 weeks from my fall and I still have swelling. No surgery was required for my tpf. Is this normal? Am I not icing and elevating enough. Should I be concerned about the swelling to contact my doctor? Also having swelling in foot.

  27. Sad to say I’ve got this issue myself now.. My issue sounds very similar to what others have posted. Displaced tibial plateau fracture. Did it on a motorcycle also. Going 15 mph around a curve in a dirt road. Lots of gravel and I was fatigued from riding over 300 miles that day. Now I have been laying on my couch for over a week and a half with an external fixator thing on my leg… Surgery scheduled next week and similar procedure. 2 plates on either side with 14 screws. Surgeon stated that it’d be 3 months non weight bearing and a good 6 months before I can walk normal. Yeah….

    It’s depressing as it screwed up my entire Summer and possibly even more. I’m very lucky that I’ve got a great wife that’s helping me through this and I thankfully work from home so no loss of work. Like others, I’m extremely active and this is freaking killing me. I’ll follow the PT and Dr’s advice to the letter and will be modifying my diet to help with recovery.

    • Hi Rick.

      I was going about 5 MPH on my motorcycle; foot slipped of brake and hit a curb in a curve. That was May 13.

      I was hospitalized and had to deal with the ex fix before the “big” surgery. I now have 2 plates and 14 screws holding my tibia together. Like you, I am also seeing my summer go by and wishing I could do more.

      The mood swings are the worse. No one tells you about the moods during the recovery process.

      Hang in there!

  28. I too had a tpf about 2 years and 2 months ago. April 26th 2012. I was 28. Ambulance picked me up off the street(also broken clavicle) and took me to the hospital ER. After a lot of medicine, ct scans, X-rays and waiting the OP surgeon of that hospital came in and feared she wouldn’t be the right fit for the job. So they transferred me to another hospital via ambulance. The next day I had my surgery. A medal plate and nine screws, NWB for almost 4 months, and my life was changed forever.
    Last night at work I started to develop some pain every time I took a step and put presure on my leg. I figured it would just go away as it usually does. This morning I woke up and can barely walk. Sever shooting pain every other step and my knee feels weak for some reason. I hope it’s nothing serious.

    • I had my fall back in May, got hit by a dog while I was cycling, broke my left clavicle and also had a TPF on my right leg. I had to wait 6 days for surgery. where they also performed a large microfracture. My recovery was slow due to the injuries been on opposite sides. I was able to load bear after 5 weeks which seemed a bit soon looking at others posts, and started to drive again after 7. Everything seemed to going well, but like Amanda I have also got worse over the last week or so, the pain is making me stop walking and my mood swings seem to be awful, it is pretty much making me full on depressed, I have two beautiful kids who are very active and I have not been able to do any activities with them over the summer. They have me on Codeine but this barely takes the edge off, does anyone have any other suggestion for what to take or ask for when the pain comes on hard. I am having to go back to physio and just feel like I am digressing. Another symptom I seem to have developed is a kind of insomnia, I have not had a good nights sleep since my accident and I am awake for most of the night. has anyone else suffered similar and have any tricks to sleep.

  29. Hello! I fell on December 28, 2013 on a piece of very uneven blue slate (HARD) on a downtown city sidewalk. There was a tree stump next to it (that was moved for obvious reasons) and the slate was left (should have also been removed). Needless to say, my boot got wedged under the slate as we were running to get to our car in a heavy downpour. The next thing I know, I am face down in the street having passed out from the knee pain. My husband had to leave me with strangers and go get the car. After getting me in the car, we headed for home. He had to physically carry me into the house as I could not bear any weight on my right leg. After assessing the situation, we called for an ambulance instead of trying to transport me in my condition. My cousin, who is my personal physician, met us there with an OS that he knew very well. I was admitted and dosed up with some potent meds. I was told that I broke my leg, but no other information was given at that time. I think they just wanted to get me comfortable and in a room so that I could rest as we had been there since 11:00 PM and it was 4:00 AM when I was wheeled to a room. The next morning, I called my parents and they came to the hospital to hear the news with me and my husband. I was told that I would need a total knee replacement due to a bicondylar comminuted stage 6 tibia plateau fracture. After consulting with several other Drs on staff, it was decided that the trauma I suffered could not be handled at this hospital. They sent my X-rays off to several local hospitals as well as others in different states. After two days in one hospital, I was transferred by ambulance to another hospital that deals with severe trauma. I entered one hospital on a Saturday, left on a Tuesday, operated on a Thursday, and sent home the following Saturday. The longest week of my life for sure!
    The day I returned home, I was greeted by my pastor from the school where I teach, my best friend, a colleague that made us some homemade soup, and a physical therapist…….was not expecting that to happen so soon. Started the therapy at home on the same day. She came to me for over a month, three days a week. She was amazing and I am proud to call her a friend. She helped my in so many ways both mentally and physically. Once I was released from her care, I began going to an outpatient therapist three days a week…….having my mom in the same town was a godsend!!!! Therapy was hard, but very rewarding…..gave me hope that I so desperately needed. That went on for two more months, then I went back to work after 3 1/2 months off. I am a fourth grade teacher at a private 1-12 grade school. I went back to work with limited responsibilities, but it was still very hard because teaching is such a physical job. I did not like teaching from a chair and would alternate sitting with standing and leaning on my walker or crutches. I went back on the 7th of April and we got out of school this past Friday (May 30). Unfortunately, I stopped therapy during this time due to extreme exhaustion and fatigue by the end of the school days. It was all I could do to get home and get in the bed. I have taken a huge step backwards in my therapy, but will begin aquatic therapy this week. At this point, I can walk unaided…..with a very noticeable limp. I suffer from pain everyday, I still do not sleep thru a whole night, I have zero energy, and I have moments of anxiety/anger/hopelessness every single day. People that have not broken a leg just do not get it. Thankfully, I have a great support group with my husband (he is a doctor……but not a very compassionate one!), family, and close friends. They have helped me thru this every step of the way. My only concerns at the present time are: Will I ever walk normal again and when will I need a knee replacement. I will definitely need one of those…..could be a year or could be 5 years. I am already showing increased development of osteoarthritis. I actually go to a rheumatologist tomorrow to get results from some tests that I had prior to my fall…..had to cancel the return appointment obviously. Praying that I get good news on that front!
    Finding this Blog and My Broken Leg have been so helpful during this time. I could not have made it through the past 5 months without reading other people’s posts and realizing that I am indeed not alone. This is a club that no one really ever wants to join, but it is a club of compassion, understanding, and helpfulness. So for that, I say……THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR STORIES! KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT AND STAY STRONG AND POSITIVE. THIS TOO SHALL PASS.
    Happy healing, LeClair

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  31. I suffered my tpf may 17th in a basketball game. May 28th had surgery to have a plate and 8 screws installed. In. 1999 I had broken my back, no surgery needed and still coming out of surgery on my knee was I worst pain I have experienced! After 4 hours in extreme pain I was put on morphine. Needless to say much is a blur of the next 24 hrs. I was prescribed. Oxycotton and oxycodone with a history of substance abuse and after almost 2 months on them it was a fight to put them down. I found it was not helping the pain anymore but just helping put me in more of a depression and a slump. I go to pt 2x a week and am still nwb until the end of august. I never thought at 30 I would be in this position! Being an electrician I’m out of work until I can climb a ladder again and have no idea when ill be able to do that again, I’m thinking sometime in sept hopefully. Its funny to think but some of my biggest accomplishments these past couple months has been showering standing up, rolling over in my sleep and being able to lift my leg on my own. My kids are learning this summer that sometimes we all fall on hard times and its tough to lose my summer and theirs. Slowly recovering and found this place and thought id vent a little, friends, family and my job try to understand and are but they don’t really know. I’m half way until I can put weight on my foot and don’t know how it will go, kinda scary. Can’t wait to get back to the job I needed a vacation from but this is a little crazy. Wish everyone a good recovery past, present and future and thanks for letting me bitch a little!

    • After being nwb for about 3 months, I went fwb on the 30th of June. I used a walker all of the time I was nwb, and now that I’m fwb, it’s taken me about a week, but now, I can go most of the day using a cane. I’m hoping to get off the cane within the next week or so- but, I’m being cautious so I don’t screw anything up. I was able to get back to work last week, because my employer has been really good to me, giving me jobs I can do sitting down and my work-mates have been very obliging. So, I believe I’m on the road to recovery!! A couple weeks ago, I wasn’t so sure and was feeling real worried and disgusted with the whole process.
      I wish you the best of luck on your recovery, sounds like you’ve had a tough row to hoe. This is an excellent site to come to and bitch, everyone here knows what you’re going through and we’re all here to support you.

    • I hear you!! I’m pretty worried about climbing a ladder also but for the pool! Thankfully I have just left my job and my hubby has taken full load on his shoulders! I evolged my tibia plateau on May 17th stepping down while fishing (I should have been cleaning lol) and just finding this blog has given me hope that I am going to heal. I just need to be patient which I am not! Being 41 with two daughters looking forward to a fun loving summer, boy have we had a rude awakening!! My surgery was 6-11 and I really thought I would be up and running the next day! Surprise lots of pain and NWB for three weeks then 20 degrees then 60 degrees finally! I have to say I’ve been a massage therapist for 17 years and am so happy I could work on my quads to help loosen up my knee! Biotone muscle joint relief and sombra and Ice has been my life saver these pass few months! I am looking forward to reading these inspiring blogs which is going to help me with my patience! Being depressed from no kayaking or summer fun I found the BEST thing for me was to ease my way into the pool very carefully! PT three times a week right now and hopefully with patience I can get rid of these infuriating crutches soon! Hope we all heal fast and dig deep to find some peace!! Thanks for letting me bend your ear!

  32. So six weeks after surgery and I am at 54 degrees flexion and the dr says bursitis is causing the pain during flexing and I’m looking for ideas to get this leg moving! This is an infuriating recovery! One thing causes another!

  33. Hi guys, great feed. I had a tpf in late May 14′. I required 7 hours of surgery which only until I’d seen the X-ray under estimated what I’d done. I’m only allowed touch pressure on my toes but my knee brace has been given full flexion, however this is sore. I’m really struggling getting my knee straight at the moment, managed 15 degrees extension after many weeks of physio, anyone else had this problem? I’m a 22 year old male and fear I won’t be able to take part in more physically demanding sports again. Such a long recovery.

  34. Hi I have stress TPF NO surgery required but cant walk last 9 weeks.NO swelling on my knee but when I walk I feel too much pressure on my knee.How much
    time it will take for recovery. I am fed up and I want to walk only normal walk.plz suggest what will I do

    • Hi Madhvi.

      I know…God do I KNOW…how tiring this whole thing can be, but please hang in there.

      TPF are serious injuries, and as such they take long to heal. For example, I will be NWB for 3-4 months. My physical therapy told me to expect the need to ease into walking, and that there will be days when I will need to back off from walking to rest the knee area.

      Are you working with physical therapy? What does your doc say about the knee pressure?

      • Hi Lisa,
        Thanks For replying. I have TPF stress fracture last 9 weeks . My doctor told me it will heal itself. My doctor not given advise
        for physical therapy now. I cant understand why I cant walk my knee is hyperextended and lot of pressure in below of my knee.In my
        MRI there is ACL,PCL AND MCL are normal. Plz anybody tell me why my knee is hyperextended?

        • one more thing in my case surgery is not required.what type of knee brace can i use? my bone density test is normal.

        • I think I would be contacting my doctor and asking for specific information, such as knee concerns and what bracing is the best for your injury. I would guess that the pressure you feel below your knee would be cause by the fracture to the tibia plateau since the tibia plateau is directly below the knee.

          Again, take time to heal and speak to your doctor about specific care instructions. Your knee and leg won’t feel normal after such an injury…at least not until it has been given time to rest and heal.

      • Hi Lisa,
        One more thing in my case surgery is not required. what type of knee brace can i use? why my knee is hyperextended?

  35. I avulsed the tibia plateau on 6-17-14 which ended in surgery (and vertical screw) on 6-11-14, I am still on crutches but only at 54 degrees flexion and 2 degrees extension. PT three times weekly and my concern is that I have developed bursitis above the knee which is not allowing flexion. Of course it remains inflamed and makes exercises uncomfortable and the surgeon isn’t concerned. So I’m wondering if anyone else has ideas or had this happen?? I was immobilized for three weeks after surgery and am pwb. I am seeking a second opinion however the new dr says he is unable to evaluate my leg until 8 weeks after surgery. I am so frustrated. One day I feel great then bam I’m down again. I’m assuming this is normal? The surgeon and PT don’t have answers other than “be patient”. Thanks for any info or advice!

    • Hi.

      I had my motorcycle crash in mid May. 2 plates and 14 screws to fix the mess that was my lower leg.

      I am still NWB and I work with PT twice a week, and have since the top of June. I continue to get swelling that interferes with knee bending and straightening. Before exercising PT heats up and messages my knee to bust up any adhesions that form, and will form for some time, post such a traumatic injury.

      I get in my mood places, too…I just feel like this will never end. That being said, everyone is right: this does take time to heal. The more I learn about these breaks the more I understand the need to practice patience. Do as much bending and straightening as you can, and if possible, try the heat trick. I use a heating pad at home between PT appointments. It works for me.

      Hang in there!

      • Hi Lisa ,
        Sorry to hear that. You are a very brave woman. I want to know its very difficult time for you but be patience. please update
        your report . I need a favor from you if possible.In my MRI report they wrote it.There is a small joint effusion. There is abnormal increased PD FS signal within the proximal tibia bone marrow which is most consistent with stress reaction or contusion.If you know what is the meaning plz tell me. My OS is in vacation.

        • Hello.

          When talking about MRIs, PD is the Proton Density and FS means Fat Suppressed. I don’t know too much about the topic other than PD-FS signal is how the MRI is conducted (what signals are used to obtain images) and read. An increase in these numbers generally indicate (and I could be wrong so you will need to clarify this with a doctor at some point) some swelling is visible on the MRI. Basically, the MRI is confirming what you already knew…there is swelling coming from within the knee area which is from a traumatic injury and the MRI technician can see it clearly.

          I think if you took everyone on this website that has a TPF, we would have an increased PD-FS signal, because we all have had injuries to the knee area. If you were to take people that have broken elbows and placed them in an MRI, I would guess that they, too, would have increase PD-FS signals in there elbows.

          Hope this helps!

  36. injured playing coed softball fell very hard while running ive had numbness and tingling from knee down in both legs since 3/14 nobody can seem to tell me why other than in my right leg my peroneal nerve is borderline abnormal and my left leg my sural nerve is abnormal. The last tournament I fell 5 or 6 times in one day couldnt figure out why i just thought my legs were getting weak. My doctor decided to do an mri to see if there was any nerve entrapment instead he found a medial tibial plateau fracture which extends my metadiaphysis through the physes into the epiphysis violating the articular surface with no measureable depression of the tibial articular surface with surrounding bone marrow edema and contusion in the medial tibial plateau. (mri) i had a ct 3d restoration view which read no fracture my physician called the radiologist had a dr reread it so we would know which was correct before i go to orthopedic tomorrow she read it the same as the mri was read. Primary physician stated to stay on crutches for 4 to 8 weeks. does this sound serious? anyone have any knowledge on this?

  37. Does no one monitor this site to stop the posts like the ones above?

    I thought this was a site to get info and support about tpfs, not a clearinghouse for metal detectors and “farmer heroes saga”…whatever that is.

    • Comments are monitored regularly. I can’t get them all as soon as they appear. Hopefully most people can still meaningful information and read through some spammers trying to abuse the site for their own profit. If you think you see something I missed, please let me know (Via Email is good) and I will happily remove it.

  38. I was in a motorcycle wreck on May3rd and surgery followed on May 9th. I am curious to know if anyone still continues to have serious pain after their TPF surgery? I had one plate, 11 screws and a chunk of donor bone and it still feels like I broke it yesterday. I was told swelling can last up to 8 months but every time I stand up and walk around for a bit I could swear I was repeatedly beaten with a baseball bat. Morning, noon and night is nothing but pain. Just last week I threw a case of stuff on my shoulder at work that weighed about 40lbs and hobbled on my cane halfway to his car (about 30 feet, one way) and my leg swelled up twice as large as the other and wouldn’t stop hurting for anything, not that it ever does stop hurting. It was almost like the pain I had when I had to change the bandages the first time (3days) after my surgery, or when they was moving me around onto a flatboard after my wreck. I was on a roller coaster of intense pain for nearly a couple hours. It took everything I had to keep all my co workers from come running in there thinking I was being murdered. So back to the original question, how long does this pain last?

    • Hi.

      I, took, crashed my motorcycle in May (two surgeries, 2 plates, 14 screws). I am still NWB. I continue to have lots of aches and pains when I do my ROM exercises, and as I posted earlier, this places where the ex-fix was drilled into me give me some deep bone pain.

      That being said, it sounds like you are in some considerable pain that does not seem right after this long. Even if a doc somewhere tells you that this level of pain IS normal, it is interfering in your daily life. I would suggest that is enough to make an appointment with your ortho doctor and seriously look into this. Again, it would seem to me that this level of pain is not right, and no one needs to suffer like this.

      • Thank you Lisa. I have a doctors appointment set up for the 21st. I will try and come back and let everyone know what may be going on. I surely dont want to be scaring anyone unfortunate enough to be joining TPF club community.

        • Okay, so I visited the doctor and it is just really bad shin splints. So to anyone that has the same issue and the ER does not find anything, it may be that you are not realizing your pushing to hard and its shin splints. It can be mild to severe pain that is along the shin bone. For me it was like someone sawing off my leg while awake. So yes, it can be extremely painful. Prop up your leg, use ice and move around less. Try to stay off of it for a day. Ice ice ice. A cryo unit has been my best friend. So much better that a bag of ice. I gotmy unit from the OS. So you may have to pay out for it but worth every penny if you can get one.

  39. It seems that not much has changed. I had a severe tibial fracture about 5 years ago and I couldn’t get or find the answers I needed and here it is 5 years later and people are still searching for the same information. It seems odd that the medical industry isn’t providing these answers (after all they know about what they are treating , right.). My advise keep asking people that have had similar injuries and with the luck of a good therapist and your determination you will have a good outcome. Maybe in time the medical industry can provide pamphlets to provide individuals with answers to what should help and guide them through the process, aid them and answer some of the most common questions and expectations they will go through in their time of need and distress. You sound like you are going down the right path. Godspeed from one confused soul to another.

  40. Ice is your new best friend! And take your meds! I tried to “be strong” and just resulted in feeling horrible!! I made my own ice packs which work fabulously! Doubled Ziplock baggies with 2 cups rubbing alcohol and one cup water! Slushy ice that lasts for 20 minutes! Be sure to have a towel between the skin and ice! These have been my life saver. I’m approaching the third month after surgery and the ice packs have held up! Now is the time to read some great books, Andy Andrews is a great motivational choice! Recovery is slow but steady- keep your chin up!!

  41. Hello! I have a question for any runners that have suffered a tibial plateau feature. I had a plate and five screws placed in my tibia in 2005 after a horseback riding accident. I haven’t had the hardware removed, but have successfully run a couple half marathons with little issue to my knee. I am now desiring to run a full marathon. So my question is, has anyone run a marathon with hardware!? Are there any risks? I’m a little concerned I’ll do damage.


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  43. I had a left tibea plateau brake about 6 weeks ago had surgery 4 weeks ago. Surgery was very painful afterwards but I start pt 2 weeks after and pain and swelling subsided quite a bit. The worst part for me is not being able to walk on it. With the movement and exercise comes some pain but in the long run it will help you to get more comfortable. At this point bending is easier then straightening. My bending is at 70 degrees after 4 weeks and my straightening is at 6 degrees . I have done lots of muscle contractions , leg lifting, rotating ankle, and stretching out my calf by pulling my foot. Its seems crazy to some but like the saying goes no pain no gain. Don’t push to hard but don’t sit and feel sorry for yourself the more you exercise the better you get . I have a while before doc will let me walk but when he does I want my muscles to be ready.

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  45. To Holly: If you have a surgeon that you do not feel comfortable asking these questions TO:
    WHY would you allow s/he to cut into your leg?
    You pay (through the INSURANCE Companies we PAY for) GOOD money to doctors/RN’s/LPN’s/Surgeons/Radiologists.
    I understand how MY OWN voice got exceptionally weaker when I was “down (non-ambulatory, which affects/effects brain chemistry=depression to varying degrees) and out” in a wheelchair, in pain, and having to rely on someone else to literally lift/pull me up & onto/off of the toilet seat.
    I now have a Revised Level of the term: “Dignity.”
    Use your pain.
    If your Doc does NOT answer your most intricate/intimate questions: Call the hospital, get the answers.
    I work for a major NY Hospital.
    The WORRY CONSTANTLY about their “Medical Review Boards & Press Ganey Surveys (sp).”
    Be your own voice. Be your own body. You DESERVE the Blessing.

  46. I’m at the end of 8 weeks from surgery on my tibia plateau fracture. I have didn’t the last month in a short term rehab and taking pain pills maybe once every day and half. I’m having insomnia and when I get up to go to the bathroom or any length of time all of the blood rushes to my foot. It feels heavy and prickly so doing my minimal pt exercises are uncomfortable. I feel very anxious and restless. Even if I sleep it’s not good sleep. HELP

  47. Glad i found this site here.

    I fractured my tibial and damaged my meniscus just before christmas last year.

    It was a 6 centimeter fracture and non displaced and i am still having great difficulty keeping it steady to this day.
    I cant walk along the beach sand.
    There is something about sand that makes my knee very unsteady. I Hope it heals completely soon and i wish you all well in your recovery too.

  48. David please check out Tibial Plateau Fracture Recovery on Facebook. Its a really good group with tons of info. Best wishes in your recovery.

  49. Hello, everybody. I am so glad I found this site and see so many people are going through the same thing. I am 18 years old and suffered a tpf fracture and a torn meniscus on 8/14/14, running a 40 yard dash in football. I have a lot of questions, but dont know where to start. I am currently in a full leg cast for three more weeks,but my doctor hasnt told me how long I will be NWB or if I will require a different type of cast or anything really. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi, Jimmy.

      There are different types and severity levels with a TPF, so everyone is different.

      When you see your doctor next, some basic questions to ask: Was the fracture dislocated or not? Will the meniscus tear be repaired surgically? When can I start physical therapy and ROM exercises (very, very important)? What is the plan after the cast comes off?

      I also think it’s a good idea to see your xrays and have the doctor explain what he/she sees.

      Good luck to you!

  50. Great advise!!! LEARN EVERYTHING about TPF.
    BEFORE you go to see your doc, WRITE down every little question you have, even if you “Think” it is “silly.”
    Take out your pocket sized notebook & WRITE down h/is/er responses. I use this technique with EVERY doctor I go to, and they ABSOLUTELY Respect you as a patient, and believe me, they will take MORE time with YOU.
    Most docs will confide that they LOVE when a patient writes down & ASKS specific questions, because MOST of their patients don’t ask ANYTHING.
    Even the docs get bored. They also go thru their day seeing TOO many patients (New Health Care in USA means VOLUME=$$).
    Also, be excited & appreciative to your doc, his assistant & the front desk secretary!
    They REMEMBER you, and will treat you VERY well in the future!
    And, PLEASE…..BE EXCITED about learning more about your body & your injury. Translate/SHARE this DESIRE for learning.
    I’m so sorry that this happened to you at such a young age! I was 58. Now I am back to Pilates, & exercising DAILY!
    Stay well…and even AFTER you heal…keep coming back to this website.
    We are here for each other to share & LEARN all the new stuff about this injury!
    Love to you!

  51. I recently had my ex fix remove from my tibia … knly one of the hole has had a hard time healing… one of these holes keeps forming a small circular scab with a root like white rubbery structure growing down into the hole. Is this normal and what is this? It takes just a day after removing before a new one grows back.

    • Usually white in wound areas suggests white blood cells…meaning possible infection. In fact, pin sight infections are a common problem with ex fixes.

      Call your doctor for an exam of this.

  52. Hello All. On May 21st of this year I jumped off scaffolding only 3 feet from the ground and fractured my tibial plateau medially and laterally in my left leg. The results of a CT taken at the ER the same day showed only 2-3mm of displacement, so the orthopedic surgeon on call decided a non surgical approach was best. I was given a fiberglass splint. A couple of weeks later another CT was performed since the x-ray technician was uncertain if there had been movement of the fracture. None was detected, so it was still recommended to continue with the non surgical recommendation. At the end of August I was given partial weight bearing and hoping for full weight bearing this Thursday. This has been the a truly frustrating experience. I have never sat so much in all my 59 years. I can certainly relate to many of your experiences, and I have located the FB page on TPF support and asked to join this group. I wish I had known about this 4 months ago. Thanks to everyone for their posts.

  53. I shattered my tibeal plateau in a mosh pit on 4/20/13 yea 420 what a great 420 that was lol its a schatzker 5 and believe it or not it didn’t hurt as bad as you’d think it didn’t hurt until after i woke from surgery and omfg did it hurt worst pain ever and I’ve been through a lot my recovery was slow and painful and i became very depressed took 5 months of laying around and me being so strong willed the day rhe dr said i could start walking on it i walked out of that drs office and to the car then proceeded tho throw my crutches and wheelchair off the nearest bridge

  54. But what I’m getting to is don’t let this injury keep you down i sure didn’t even though it ruined my dream of becoming a mixed martial arts fighter i still train every day i just have limitations and my knee doesn’t hurt that often its kinda like arthritis and it doesn’t stop me from doing what i love just can’t go getting in the cage for an actual fight i have no pain reliever dependencies i just smoke a little wacky baccky here n there for when it hurts and i gives no fuck about it will power always wins if you have the will there is a way and i still mosh. note: the mosh pit i was in was only about 40-50 people and I’ve been on the front line of the wall of death at several lamb of god concerts since the injury and before i hope this story influences you that have been through this to keep your head held high and let nothing keep you down you will get better just won’t be the same ever again

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