Welcome

Welcome to the TPF Home Page.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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*


249 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Thanks! Always good to get home, but loving the time with my kids. Except today, but trusting they are enjoying themselves and will see them soon. God is good!

  2. Thanks Becky! Long trip, but we stopped occasionally and I managed to put my leg up when I rode in the back. Usually love road trips. This was a challenge. Everyone went kayaking and into Rocky Mt Nat’l Park today. I opted to rest at home, although I miss the sites.. Tomorrow is the Gorge train trip and wanted to be up for that. Haven’t done that before and hear it is also spectacular! I’m getting a giant roll of bubble wrap when I get home and rolling up in it so I can do more trips for fun!!! Seriously, any travel anywhere shows us how small we are, yet a part of the magnificence of our Creator. All of it has amazing things to enjoy and cherish.
    Keep up your great healing!! Sounds like you are getting closer to complete recovery and that is a Praise in itself!!

  3. I am soo happy to hear that you made it to Colorado safely, and your x-ray showed no displacement!! I have thought of you often and hope you enjoy your family, and God’s creation!!

  4. Good news Becky!! It is definitely a progression. Likewise with me. Saw my dr and had xray before leaving for Colorado. Healing nicely. Going back in 3 weeks. “Try” to keep full weight off, but rather than fall, do what I must. No movement in the displacement and healing well. Good news and attribute it to my faith which also enables me to do the other things that have helped. My biggest issue now is this brace which he allowed to have a 40 degree bend now after 3 weeks. It is stretched, slides down all the time and is very irritating. Can’t wait for it to be gone. Nothing I’ve tried keeps it up. Snug doesn’t work and too tight numbs my foot and turns it purple. Last thing I want now is my foot to fall off… But Colorado is beautiful!! Seeing the majesty of the Creator all around…

  5. I am also healing more quickly than expected, and am so glad you are as well! I pray for the next people who suffer our injury, that the surgery they gave you is more main stream. It sounds so much less invasive than the surgery they wanted to do on me. I have been taking hyaluronic acid, glucosamine chondroitin, and vitamin d/calcium, and with that and my faith I am almost healed!! Never thought this day would come!

  6. Amen! Thanks for the encouragement. All that you said plays an important part. Faith definitely gets you through it all in order to do the other things.

  7. On 4-6-15 I fell & broke my knee. Per my dr. the patella had been “punched down” & my tibia right below the patella (kneecap) was fractured, he thot my ACL & MCL were torn & would require repair. On 4/29 I had arthroscopic surgery where my dr.did a new procedure called subchondroplasty, he made 3 small incisions in my kneecap & injected an organic bone material, he lifted my patella back into its proper position & back-filled it w the bone material which also filled the fractured tibia. During surgery he noticed my ACL & MCL were stretched, but not torn, this was good news. I was to not walk or put any weight on it for 3-4 mos. That news was v.depressing.

    Two days ago, about 11 weeks post.op.my dr.said it’s healed very well & I can start walking – ditch the crutches. I was thrilled!

    This site gave me an insight to this injury that my dr./ medical staff never did and offered me several good suggestions as well. For those who are laid up, on crutches, slow to recover, please know it will pass. My dr.felt my injury was serious & unusual. He asked if I was a spiritual person, because he felt it was a “miracle” I recovered / healed quickly. I said I did pray & did a lot of self reflection while I was laid up / recovering. But personally I feel it’s bcuz Im overall in good shape & health, was diligent w my exercises, took vitamins+supplements, deeply massagd my injured leg 3-4 x’s a day w lavender essential oil & regularly stretched several times a day. For those suffering from this injury, take care of your health, lose weight if u know u have to (xtra weight is hard on your joints) and stretch & deeply (deep tissue massage) massage your injured leg. This I feel sped up my recovery. I was able to stand on one leg, my injured leg & walk out of my dr’s offc. carrying my crutches. He felt PT was optional for me since he said I was doing well, but recommended I get a cane as I slowly get my gait back. Now too I must focus on getting my confidence back to move & groove like I used to. The down time I had recovering has taught me to slow down, to “stop & smell the roses”.

  8. Hey Becky! Boy I understand about the work thing! Hard to jump right in without something swelling.. Are you able to have your leg elevated? That might help with the swelling. Or at least if you can do it for some period time. How soon till you find out about partial weight bearing? Progress… still on the track. I’m a little concerned about a 22 hour drive to CO, but have some plans for what I can do. Have you tried compression socks? That may help at work. I am truly grateful I’m too old to work!!! Rest up or do you work on weekends?? I don’t like to wish time away, but boy, it would be nice to be over!

  9. Rob – so sorry to hear you are experiencing this TPF injury. Hopefully by now you are feeling a little stronger and your leg is not giving you too much pain. I am almost 3 mos. post surgery, still NWB, but hope to be able to ditch the crutches and begin (slowly) walking again. I found a few yoga exercises on line that I could do on the floor, most were stretching exercises and this really helped with the pain & stiffness I was experiencing in my injured leg/knee area. I do stretches several times a day and before I go to bed; lying down with legs extended out and try to touch toes, hole the stretch, do not bounce. Or, while sitting on the edge of bed or couch, I put my good leg on the floor and stretch out my bad leg to the side on the bed/couch and then stretch over the extended leg very slowly, do not bounce. Each time I try to hold the stretch longer. This has helped me tremendously to do my other ROM exercises. I also deeply massage my injured leg’s muscles and tendons (even cut my fingernails very very short) with some lavender essential oil mixed a little olive oil. I’ve done this from day one of my injury and still do it now, up to 3 x’s a day. My doctor wondered why my leg never bruised or swelled. I hope your recovery goes smoothly and you get through the NWB period quickly. This site has been very helpful; misery likes company they say :-/ Good luck!

  10. hey Karen! Sorry it’s been so long since I got back with you, I’ve worked the last two days yesterday was a 12 plus hour day so definitely but getting back in the swing of things! Not without its consequences though, my foot swelled exceptionally yesterday, but can’t quite afford to not work for 12 weeks. :-) thank you for the scripture and you are exactly right! God can strengthen and heal us through our faith in Him! hope you’re doing well!

  11. Wow, sounds like quite an ordeal! But that part is over. You are into the recovery a bit. I was never blessed with patience and am not one to sit idly. But there isn’t much else with this injury than to follow instruction. Rest is important, yet some movement is required to avoid blood clots. Also healthy eating is also important. I just red today that red beets are a great healer for fractures. Good to know! Protein is another. Maybe even more than calcium as it isn’t always properly absorbed. And vitamin D. so sit in the sun with a good book! It will soon all be a memory!

  12. Not to sure why I was in so long. I did happen on a bank holiday weekend in the UK so had to wait until the Tuesday for CT scan then was due for op on the Friday but at 3pm that day they cancelled then the surgeon who don’t the op wasn’t available until the Tuesday. Then there was delay with getting some aids to the house and then I caught a temperature so I had to stay in because my body was healing slower due to the type of procedure. Surgeon said that the average body recovery after surgery is 48-72 hours however mine was a week due to my size(18 stone but rugby player build) and being prone for 3 hours.

  13. Rob, what a horrible experience, but you got to this point, so that is great. What did they say happened that caused the hospital stay, etc? It must have been an extensive break and perhaps ligament tears as well? Everyone heals differently and apparently there are many different kinds of fractures with this injury. Because of that Positive thinking and following instruction, especially with the non weight bearing are truly important. Yet, I also believe things can be better than predicted. Years ago I dislocated a hip. Couldn’t walk for 2 months, but then finally the correct diagnosis and treatment. I did limp for a year rather than forever, but after that it did get better. So, although it sounds disappointing, good stuff can happen. God bless.

  14. Hi all

    I recently suffered from this break on the 15th May 2015 whilst playing football (UK). I went up to header a football with no one near me. when I landed I landed normally…. no issues nothing however I heard a crack and fell to the floor. When it happened it was sore but I wasn’t in a massive amount of pain. I thought I had damaged Ligaments or dislocated my knee. everyone around thought I was seeking attention as I was laughing (however they don’t know that when I start to get in pain I laugh).

    after driving back home (don’t know how I managed it) my sister took me to the local hospital and thinking I would be back home in no time…… 3 weeks later and major surgery I finally got home.

    I have been told by the surgeon that I will more then likely have a limp for the rest of my life due to loosing all feeling in my calf. Ive been told it feels like a fake boob.

    My leg has improved a lot since being home as it doesn’t hurt as much when I pull my leg towards myself however it really really hurts when i try to put my leg straight however it is far from straight and now have one leg shorter then the other haha.

    Im hopefully coming to the end of my non weight baring period however I think Im a little scared to walk on it as I don’t want to damage it again as again the surgeon has advised that this type of injury the bone could break easily again without warning.

    I have my 2nd physic session on monday coming then hospital on 3rd august to see if Im able to start putting little weight on it.

    sorry to go on its nice to be able to say how i feel to other people who are/have being this horrible situation.

    Many Thanks

    Rob

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