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*


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  1. Hi , I crashed my dirt bike Oct 6th and had an extremely stressful evacuation out of the mountains 2 hospitals 4 surgeries including compartment syndrome X2 all in two weeks. I am doing physical therapy 2x a week. I am at zero flat, and 121 flexed. I am working as much as I can but by Thursday I am sore and can’t get the swelling down. I have my Dr apt January 7, but they say if he let’s me do weight it will only be 25%. I have issues sleeping and constant ache in my knee, is this common? Plus it seems to bruise on its own. I am very active in life, this has stopped everything which I think is part of my sleep issues. I was told that I will need a knee replacement in the next 5 years if not sooner. So my question is does it ever feel like your own leg again, does the ache ever go away and how does one get past the trauma?

  2. Hi there,
    I had my TPF on August 22 of this year. I have a plate and 10 screws. I am just starting now to weight bear. I have 125* of mobility which is good I am told. I still get a lot of swelling in my ankle and foot. It has to do with not putting full weight on the foot which encourages circulation. I try to keep my leg elevated so that it is higher than my waiste as mush as possible. Swelling is a natural reaction to the surgery and the metal now in the leg. Your body must adjust and get used to the repair. As long as there is no pain or redness with the swelling I think you should be fine. Just look up ways to deal with and help minimize it.
    Good luck with everything.

  3. Hi. I had a TPF on 26 September casing a jump on my mountain bike. It was a really bad impact fracture. At least 25 pieces. I’ve got 4 plates and 12 screws. Had 3 operations and 3 weeks in hospital. I was in full strait leg cast for 6 weeks. Then was given a brace for 3weeks to get movement in my knee. After 2 weeks I got to 40*. I’m now brace free and walking on it. Still need my crutches though. Only problem is I still get a lot of swelling in my calf and ancle. Is that normal? I started Phisio last week and need to do a few excercises. I’m getting more bending out of my knee, but only about 55*. Please let me know if it will get better soon. Thanks lee

    • I think it will get better…but unknown when.

      Swelling is an inflammation process, so like all other swelling it can help to elevate it and use ice. It seemed to me I went a full month simply working on walking only to follow it up with elevation of the leg and icing.

      As far as bending, you only began PT last week. That is nothing in regards to the grand scope of the timeline with a TPF, particularly one as severe as you. (Me…2 plates and 14 screws and 2 weeks in a hospital with 2 surgeries. You have me beat!).

      Patience…that is the key with a TPF. You simply work everyday on your approved exercises, and that’s all you can really do. Healing will go on it’s on timeline, which may not necessarily be yours.

      Hang in there!

  4. I had a tpf operation on 5th September. Now 2 months after the operation I lost my balance and fell and hurt the leg so it aches. I am so worried. Before I go to hospital for x-ray tell me how will it affect the recovery?

    • It will really depend on how you injured it. I also took a really bad fall after my tpf surgery and landed head first on a wood covered floor backed by 6 inches of concrete and now I have some minor brain damage.(Mostly memory but some other stuff I don’t want to say) I stretched some muscles pretty good and it hurt really bad for almost 3 weeks. By the time I made it in to the doctor, for my post tpf surgery checkup, I was so convinced that some screws had broken the plate was bent and I had rebroke my leg along with the giant chunk of transplanted tp bone they had to replace that I would have to go thru with surgery all over again. I went in for the x rays and the doctor said that I was doing really good and seemed to be on schedule. Of course my doc was a real moron and didn’t even put me back together correctly and forgot to tell me that he forgot to put some parts back in that he took out along with other crap he pulled on our very last visit and now my leg is very crooked. My point is that if you might think something is wrong you are probably okay. If something is actually wrong you will know it just as sure as you were when you broke it in the first place.(assumed) The doc will take your x rays and if something is out of place, you will most likely know before he does. It probably hurt a lot but you are probably okay. It never hurts to go to the ER and have them double check but it never hurts to slow down and take your time or be looking down for anything that my trip you up. If people get upset because your trying to be cautious tell them to back off. Nothing is worth getting hurt again.

  5. Sir,
    I was attacked by bed-elements of society on 9-7-2014.Since then I am auffering from this problem.MY DOCTOR have advised a complete bed rest.Intially I had lot of swelling right from knee to leg.Now almost 90% swelling has gone and doctor has not advised any medication to me.
    So sir under the present condition please let me know how I can resume to walking.
    Rajender Goel
    B-3/73 Rajasthali Apartment Delhi-110 034 (india)

  6. I broke my Tibia on 6th Sept and was operated on, on 9th Sept, its now 1 month since my operation and although I have been in a bendy cast from day 1, it was fixed for the first 2 weeks and now has 90degree movement, but I’m non weight bearing for another 5 weeks. I tried going back to work at week 3 and lasted 2 days before I came home after 3 hours on the 3rd day, the pain was excruciating. I’m now home with leg up, on cocodamol and morphine and doing basic physio exercises. I was extremely ignorant to the repairing time required for my injury as I’ve never broken anything before.

    I’m not someone who is constantly at the gym, but I do walk everyday and love being in the outdoors and I’m finding it very hard being sat/lay down all day every day. I mean I get up and walk with aid of crutches around the house, but I miss being out in the fresh air and surprisingly miss being at work.

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  8. Wow Chris!! What’s even stranger is that my husband’s Aunt just moved a couple years ago from Edmonton to Australia also!! They live on the Sunshine Coast! They had taken their sons ages 14 and 11 on vacation to Australia a few years ago for a month and loved it so much they moved there!! She is coming home to visit us all at Christmas time!! She is a kindergarten teacher and her husband is a business manager and her boys are well into highschool now and are avid surfers!!
    Its a very small world!!
    I ride and train horses part time to my dental assisting job. I have been riding horses my whole life, since the age of 4 (i am 31).
    I grew up on a horse farm but now I live in town and keep my horses at a stable about 10 minutes from my house. I won’t be riding for a while which makes me quite sad. I almost don’t know what else to do if I can’t ride. I do like to teach riding lessons to competitive riders, so I guess I could always just keep my two feet on the ground and do that. But if there’s a will there’s a way!
    My husband has been awesome also. We have two small children and my husband says its now like looking after 3! I too, was the one who did everything, cooked, cleaned, looked after the children, laundry…EVERYTHING!! So this has been a huge learning experience for him. But, “for better for worse and in sickness and health!” lol
    This too shall pass and one day I am sure he will need me to look after him :)
    I just remember to tell him how much he is appreciated and hopefully it has made him realize how much he needs me ;)
    Have a great day :)

  9. Hi again Chris,
    I am from Manitoba, Canada.
    I am hoping to get a new lighter brace too, since mine is fully unlocked now I dont see why I need this one.
    I am not weight bearing for two more months. I am actually scared of the day they say I can put weight on my leg. I feel like I have lost all trust in my leg…maybe thats weird?!? lol
    I can tell I already have poor flexibility in my knee. I will have to really work on getting that back. I am sure its because I was locked straight in my brace for about a month.
    I still get major swelling in my foot too which is very uncomfortable and annoying. I hope that goes away once I can put weight on my foot.
    I pray every day that I will be able to ride horses again. I am determined to. But, I have to take the time to heal.
    I cannot believe you have read so many books!! I can’t read because it instantly puts me to sleep and I always end up having to reread the same page the next night!! Lol
    I watch a lot of movies and seasons of tv series. It is starting to get cold now so at least I wont be missing out in too much good weather!!! Although crutching on ice and through snow may be interesting!! Good thing my husband is almost more careful than I am about this whole thing. He has really been a blessing through this. :)
    Take care

    • Hi Michela,

      I had to write back and let you know something that’s quite a co-incidence. I live in Lake Bunga, Victoria, Australia, but for 32 years I lived in Edmonton, Alberta. My husband David is Canadian, we’ve been married for 48 years. It seems so strange that we should have this connection, all to do with our TPF. We’ve lived in Australia for 18 years, our daughter and son were both born in Edmonton and both came over here when they were 18. It sure is a small world. Are you ranchers or have horses for leisure. Our daughter was very involved in 4H Light Horse and Pony Club, she rode from the age of 6, we had a 10 acre property just outside Edmonton and spent many hours on the road for horse shows and dressage events. It’s wonderful being able to write to you not just for our common health issues but to have a Canadian connection. We were there in May and June of this year, David’s aunt turned 105 and we wanted to be at the birthday party, unfortunately she passed away in August but at least we got to spend a lot of time with this lovely old lady. My husband has been wonderful through all this, he’s a typical man in that I do most everything around the house and he looks after everything else, it’s been quite an eye opener for him to look after me, cooking washing, walking the dog etc. all things that were my domain before. He loses the plot sometimes when it all gets a bit too hard for him but we sort it out and everything falls back into place. I hope we can keep in touch it’s very beneficial being able to compare notes…..Chris