Welcome

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

 

Shlomi,

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*

 


126 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Jerry Hill, don’t get down. Pain is a sign of healing. I am about a month post op on my TPF. I have 1 plate and 8 screws. I also broke my left index finger. I was bucked off a horse. Recovery will take a while but just remember that we WILL recover and all our accidents could have been much worse. I wish all the best in your recovery but be patient with yourself. I too have sleepless nights but it does get better. This site is a great place to be reminded that you are not alone :)
    Warmest Regards

  2. Well here I am,,,On Sept 1st 2014 I was in a longboarding accident. I suffered a tpf as well as a broken fibia, also broke my left thumb and right wrist all of which required surgery. To say the least this has been a bit of a challenge. I was pleased and excited however to find this site during one of the last sleepless nights I have had. I have been progressing well, for me anyway, last week I was finally able to take myself to the bathroom, which is pretty awesome considering both my arms are wrapped up. Today I even took a shower, which meant crawling upstairs on my bum, then hopping down the hall. I am currently only two weeks post op.. which is way depressing, everything still hurts, all the time, and recovery looks so far away. Good to have a site I can come to for support though. Thank you

  3. Please do follow your doctor’s advice…this is a very serious injury and you can delay and prevent recovery. Research your injury…you will understand better why….stretch and move and bend, but dont bear weight until doc says! Its very frustrating, but you can do it…one day (hour minute) at a time. I am10 weeks into nonweight bearing, so I know how hard it is to put up with the limitations. It takes a long time for the bone to heal. Good luck!

  4. My TPF and displacement was August 22/14. I am a few days shy of a month post surgery. I was bucked off a horse, landed the fall and therefore suffered my fracture. I have 1 plate and 8 screws. I am on bed rest for 3 months. I have ridden horses all my life and plan on continuing to do so. I know it will be hard and require a lot of physio and determination but I WILL get back on. I wish everyone with a TPF a healthy recovery. We are all in this together. Please never think you are alone in the pain or recovery. There are people that know your pain and your setbacks but each day is a chance to get better and stronger :) Much love and strength :)

  5. I had an MRI done two days ago and was told that I fractured my tibial plateau. Doc told me to keep it straight and put no weight on it. But it does not hurt and I can put weight on it. I don’t know what to do. I am a very active person and this is killing me just sitting around waiting to see the ortho doc. Again what should I do

    • Follow doctor’s advise…Do Not Put Weight On It Until The Dr. Says It Is Safe To Do So.

      The tibia plateau is one of the most critical weight bearing points in the body. If you break this, your ability to bear your weight is HIGHLY COMPROMISED.

      I understand how frustrating it is not to be able to do activities (I was in a wheelchair for 15 weeks), but it takes one wrong strain or twist or angle and you TPF with crack to hell (more so than it is) and the extra damage will be extensive, with longer recovery.

      Please, do yourself a favor and do not put weight on the leg until cleared by the doctor.

  6. Severe tpf, two plates, 15 screws. Almost one year out. Workers comp. Anyone else have a tpf at work? Just trying to get an idea of what percent permanent disability (MMI rating) is average.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!
    RevRob

  12. 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!

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

  14. Glad i found this site here.

    I fractured my tibial and damaged my meniscus just before christmas last year.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/f3fiwh6jf2j4fx2/EXP0363.jpg?dl=0

    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.

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