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*


463 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Were tibial plateau fractures repaired much different in 2005, when I had mine? My surgeon told me I had minuscus damage , fracture in mid of my tibia long bone & plateu had fractured into 6 pieces cemented back b4 hardware was added? Were these severe fractures fixed any different in 2005 ??

  2. Not sure how to navigate this page but will try
    try. Had a TPF on May 19 falling off a ladder and surgery may 19 with plate and 6 screws I was supposed to be solo backpacking now for 2 weeks for my 60th bday but not happening Am killing pt after 9 weeks. Walking, not running or anything fancy but happy to be moving. My advice is kick ass out of your pt. Maybe my tbf wasn’t as bad as some but I’m happy to be walking again. .

  3. I sustained TPF classification 6 January 2016 (Skiing) and have internal fixation. Physio ceased after 7 sessions but to be honest I did not find it very helpful anyway – they gave me exercises to practice on my own (which I scrupulously followed). The orthopaedic doctors signed me off as soon as the X-rays showed bones were healed – they don’t seem to care about regaining function as some of you all have said.
    Although I too have only reached 110degrees flexion and I still have a lot of muscle-wasting, walk with limp especially downhill/down steps or at speed etc I am still making gradual progress through self-directed hydrotherapy/swimming and with weekly help from a personal trainer ‘PT’ with sports injury special interest at the gym. Over time the swimming is helping with cardiac stamina and muscle strengthening. The gym sessions were initially purely deep muscle tissue massage (AGONISING, felt as if gouged by a soldering iron) to break down scar tissue and passive stretching to loosen tight muscles finishing with passive flexion of my joints . Nowadays the gym sessions are about 65% exercises. The goals are small and also the PT give feedback as to my progress which goes up and down a bit depending on whether I have been sitting or standing for long periods on previous days. Over past three months I have progressed from a quarter of a length of pool to 12 lengths of pool with rests.

    I do not feel I would have made the progress that I have without his support and the swimming. I have had to economise quite harshly to find the money to pay for the PT and get the annual membership for pool ( as can go as often as I wish and it doesn’t matter if only swim for 5 mins each time) but I think worth every penny.

    Please don’t give up, persevere. This injury has had a totally demoralising detrimental affect on my social life and doing the outdoor past-times that make me happy so it has been really hard losing the frequent contact of my ski & hiking buddies so I am having to find different ways to occupy myself. My goal is to be an observer on the waterskiing boat, to try snow-walking at the same ski resort one day, but in the meantime and trying other pursuits in hope of finding something else within my reach. Good luck

    • Jennifer, You sound like you are doing fabulous. My tpf was in February 2015. It has been a very long (3 surgeries in the first year) of trial after trial of what is going to work.T-Plate and 11 rods–since removed-February 2016. TRULY has changed my life, just as I have read it has changed yours. Still Blessed. I just now started working with a personal trainer and more hopeful then I have in a long time. She is using a fascia blaster (been all about the foam roller..nightly..no kidding) to break up scar tissue as, after thing I have done, I have limited range, still leg and a limp..worse when I’m tired. PT, Water Therapy, Acupuncture, Medical Massage, Yoga, Walking, Pilates…you name it and I have probably tried it and/or incorporated into my new life regiment. Keep Moving.

  4. I’m now 3.5 years out from a motorcycle accident with a tpf and foot drop induced at the hospital during immobilization. Just had the knee replaced as a final intervention. Lots of stiffness still, lots of pain when I push it, still can’t straighten the leg, and only 112 degrees of bend after lots of work. I continue to get better, but therapy and self hard work are the only ways to soldier on, it will take time, but I’m better now than I have been in 3.5 years, so don’t give up the ship. By the way, I’m 73 and still determined to beat this thing. Probably no more cycling in my future, maybe something safer,,,,skydiving??

    • Thanks for sharing. You’re tough!! Way to not give up. Lots to live for ……..even if not the way we completely “planned” it all out. Be Well

  5. So I went to the er with a TP fracture on January 8th 2017. At this time I’m only able to bend it to about 30, and my leg is super weak… I have been doing the exercises and icing through out the day, does anyone have any suggestions that can help me….. I’m about ready to ????….

    • I shattered mine 5 months ago, pretty traumatic explosion of bone. I still can’t put weight on it. I cry a lot. It will never be the same, but I’m still alive I guess ????. No one I know can relate to this so I just exist with crutches for now. Your recovery will depend on the severity of your fracture. I get down a lot when I realize that my leg will never be the same, but I have some good friends and family that encourage me. I’m in physical therapy now, and can bend my leg about 115 degrees. I hope your recovery goes well. Acceptance is part of this thing, as shitty as it is. Good luck

      • Hi like you my tpf was shattered as though hit by a bomb,was told highly likely I’d lose my leg as most calf muscle had ripped off..was hit by a range rover on my motorbike. .and leg took full impact…but from nowhere my leg ballooned past 2 days …and don’t I’ve been looking for some reasons lol ..and dull the best I know how you feel

      • I totally relate. My injury was Dec. 17 2001 and I’ve been in pain ever since. Horrific fracture ….I was told after surgery not to put any weight on the leg at all or it would crumble !!! It’s pretty much affected every aspect of my life

    • Hi Ila,
      I hear you! Your injury is still new! Are you in aftercare at all? Did you have surgery?My TPF happened July 2016 surgery Aug 2016. You need support for this it is a process and any orthopedic Dr.will surely know what you are going through. If still in pain if nothing else ,go back to the ER and get a referral to the best possible Orthopedic surgeon!

  6. Broke my left ankle November 18th. Weight bearing three weeks today. I can walk fine but have some neuropathy issues and pain issues and my left knee is very painful. My left leg is also swollen and tight. I have metal. Any feedback.

  7. anyone recommend a good brace? I shattered my TPF in Feb went to a football game last night and was stiff cold and extremely sore. I have another game next weekend and was hoping to find a brace thats comfortable to wear all day.

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