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- October 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm #238
Feel Free to ask your questions so that other people who are going through the same process can help you out
- November 13, 2013 at 9:19 am #330
I am 13 weeks post surgery for tibia plateau fracture and full weight bearing. Physio advised walking round house with no crutches, but using one outdoors which I am doing and all is okay. However, I have developed a small soft swelling at the bottom of my stiches, not red or sore by any means, which goes down with rest, but comes up when I walk. Just wondering if it is worth bothering my physio about. I have never broken anything in my life (50 plus!) so not sure what to expect – any advice please.
- November 13, 2013 at 9:25 am #335
It sounds like this is not something to worry about at this stage, but worth keeping close attention to make sure it doesn’t get worse. I can’t really tell what it is, but It could be some light edema, which is by no means dangerous. If that is the case then having your legs slightly raised with a pillow while you sleep will likely help, as well as raising your leg for a few minutes after a strenuous walk.
- November 13, 2013 at 11:34 am #339
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- November 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm #349
Thanks in advance,
- November 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm #352
It’s nice to see that you are active on the site and I hope people will soon see your posts and may be able to answer based on experiences of their own.
As far as the swelling and my own experiences, I can say that this is normal to some extent, I’m not sure weather the best treatment would be to rest more or just let it pass, but I have tried compression stockings and they worked quite well for me, I still use them sometimes if I am sore after a PT session, other things that also helped are icing and of course elevation of the leg. During the night, you are not supposed to wear the stockings but sleeping with an elevated leg helps a lot. If you are uncomfortable raising all the leg, even a pillow under your knee will go a long way. If the swelling gets worse, there are medications that can help. Also, there are different levels and sizes of pressure stockings so different strengths might fit you better.
- November 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm #353
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- February 8, 2014 at 7:54 pm #390
- February 14, 2014 at 10:14 am #392
I am 7 months post surgery for TPF and only use a stick outdoors as a precautionary measure (bit of a coward at times!) Consultant has signed me off and very pleased with my progress. However, he mentioned I am showing a very slight sign of post traumatic arthritis, but told me not to worry at all, as this can happen. He kindly told me that he had to mention this, but stressed I was not to keep worrying about it, as my progess was excellant and should continue to be. Any thoughts or comments from fellow sufferers would be appreciated.
- March 3, 2014 at 7:29 pm #414
Could you tell me at one point you’d recommend doing some of the feet/ankles exercises using resistance?
Sorry this is so long & scattered.
Good luck everyone!
- March 15, 2014 at 5:00 am #459
- March 31, 2014 at 3:36 pm #533
Re: ROM question and what has helped my mood swings
- April 2, 2014 at 1:37 am #537
I am 18 weeks post-op so have been through the stage you are I guess, not that our injuries are alike – no two are. Because you opened the door “thanking the Lord” I can add that all through this I play worship music during my exercises, read the Bible in-between my sets of exercises, and try to focus on the positive. One day I laid on the bed just crying, no weeping it was! Then I heard this small voice say “Barb, you have me…think of all the people on your street even that don’t even know me”. So that turned my self-pity to praise and thanksgiving.
But, what you are going through is real and painful and frustrating for sure – I think the key to it all is ‘patience’ – this experience is refining that in us. We live in such a fast-pased, push button, automated, have it NOW society that we just don’t want to wait. So take what you can from the help and experiences of others, but don’t get down if you think your progress isn’t as good. Everything is in God’s hands and timing – at least I believe that, and I think you may too, and that just helps take the pressure off of worrying too much.
Anyway, be encouraged and pray for that range of movement to increase as you also do what you can to improve it as your PT directs. I love my physio and the help he has provided me get through this week by week. all the best, Barb
- April 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm #539
- April 3, 2014 at 11:41 am #542
This has definitely been my hardest but most glorious journey that I have walked through thus far:). It is all definitely in God’s hands and timing:)
- April 3, 2014 at 11:53 am #543
I basically had the same question as you. Since my last post, I have been tolerating more weight and walking with a fuller stride. I think that has been helping with ROM. Also, the PT put on kinesiotape 2 days ago. I’ve been hearing a lot of popping and the skin is not as tight and swollen so I think it is helping. ROM is beginning to progress!!
Your ROM is still better then mine ( I am now 70 degrees!!!!!) but as long as I am improving I will not consider MUA. I have read a lot of posts on TkR saying that ROM continues to increase after a year.
- April 3, 2014 at 1:36 pm #544
Its been 4 months since my fracture.no surgery,had brace for 6 weeks.been going to physio twice weekly .I am now walking without a stick.I have been suffering with terrible lower back pain and aching hips after walking for more than 15mins.is this normal and will it improve,physio says its my body compensating for the way I walk,but its really getting me down.I would be. grateful for any advice.
- April 4, 2014 at 2:44 am #545
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- April 5, 2014 at 12:22 am #549
I inured my knee 3 weeks ago sliding on ice. I went to the emergency room..had X rays was told nothing broke but due to swelling something is wrong. Put in immobilizer and crutches and to follow up with ortho. I saw ortho 5 days later..they drained 30 cc of fluid and tested me for gout..ra…lupus and infection. Everything came cackling normal. I then saw ortho again ..though this time it was my normal doctor who had done previous surgery. He thought it was a torn meniscus so ordered an mri. Got the mri results yesterday…tpf. I am in a brace. I was not told no weight bearing. Everything I have read says no weight bearing. My knee is still swollen and painful…is it normal for a doctor to allow you full weight on tpf?
- April 5, 2014 at 1:31 am #550
Best wishes to all!!
- April 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm #680
Any tips, recommendations would be welcomed.
- April 30, 2014 at 11:22 pm #681
Any tips, recommendations would be welcomed.
- May 5, 2014 at 5:41 pm #710
- May 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm #739
Thanks. Best to all!
- May 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm #740
- May 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm #746
I am now about 90 degree flexion. I refused surgery even though the OS was leaning on me very hard to do it. I am using the flexionator, which seems to be working and wished I could’ve gotten it sooner. also had a lot of problems with swelling and old fluid in lower leg and foot. I started wearing gradual compression thigh high hose that has helped. Also massage and cupping massage has been very beneficial. The cupping has really loosened the tissues and moves out the fluid build up through the lymph nodes.
Take care everyone!
- May 9, 2014 at 5:33 pm #747
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- June 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm #1012
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- June 4, 2014 at 1:50 am #1038
I was NWB for 8 weeks and was told to be patient and wait for everything to heal. What I wasn’t told was that I should have been working to get to a 90 degree bend while NWB. I would highly recommend that you do as many exercises as possible during NWB. I have been PWB and now FWB for the last month and still having serious problems with my ROM due to scar tissue build up from not doing enough in the NWB period. OS is now talking about a manipulation in 3 weeks if ROM doesn’t improve. Wish I knew this when I was in your shoes. Good luck
- June 8, 2014 at 7:43 am #1192
- June 8, 2014 at 10:49 pm #1222
I have just started FWB but using one crutch as a precaution. It is clear to me that considered/cautious movement/stretching of the joint is essential from an early stage. I have just completed 30 min cycling (gym) on number 4 resistance. Yes, significant swelling of the knee has returned with usual stiffness (as advised) but no actual pain (except the ankle, which will pass).
It is likely the medial ligament and cartilage is damaged therefore if the muscles can be strengthened safely then all the better. It may be painful, but get that knee extended and bent as often and as early as you can, if advised by your doctor.
- June 8, 2014 at 11:54 pm #1230
Thanks for the advice man. I’ll try stretching some more.
- June 17, 2014 at 5:20 pm #1376
Thanks for any help. I’m very grateful for the website.
- June 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm #1396
Do I just use walker, crutches are impossible for this fatty, the walker works. I get so tired walking 20 feet. Do I just do what I need to or should I practice non weightbearing on walker as much as possible. If I could get out of bed with greater ease I could get to the bathroom no problem. I have a raise toilet seat, I have to get a pillow under me on the bed inorder to have just a bit of height to get up on one leg.
Any exercises I should be doing in bed? At this stage I spend most of my day in bed? Should I spend most of day in wheelchairs?
I am an rn, I’m not as tupid person and cannot believe that I am here. I am 5’9″ so not a shorty. But the weight is really making this hard. I am presently on a very healthy eating regime, trying to eat to heal but also to lose to make this process easier., any ideas would be appreciated, norma
- June 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm #1406
I just wanted to let you know that weight didn’t seem to be a factor in instability with my walker, I is edit as soon as I was able to get out of bed, the day after surgery, and right up until about six weeks after surgery. I was VERY unsteady with it at first, and you are correct- the motion required to use it is exhausting, no matter your size. Just make sure to get up as often as you can manage, laying in bed all day is counterproductive. If you work at it, I promise you will get tired less quickly. And the soreness in your hands from supporting your weight on the walker will go away too. I had that as well and I weigh 140 lbs. hang in there- you can do this- I promise.
- June 20, 2014 at 3:20 am #1408
Thanks Char V
- June 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm #1419
- June 20, 2014 at 8:16 pm #1420
I am 34 yrs of age and it’s my left tibia that’s shattered into those 5 pieces.
- June 21, 2014 at 8:44 am #1423
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- June 23, 2014 at 8:51 pm #1444
My physio will last a year at which time I shoud be able to do a full gym work out.
Put simply, do the physio and have patience……and watch out for the weight gain.
- June 27, 2014 at 12:53 am #1486
My OS put me on Warfarin (Coumadin) until I finish NWB period. Is blood thinner treatment common?
- June 27, 2014 at 1:45 am #1487
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- June 29, 2014 at 2:24 am #1496
Thanks for sharing. I will be 6 to 8 weeks NWB, and I guess I need to read up on Warfarin.
- June 29, 2014 at 4:41 pm #1500
Wish you the best in your continued recovery.
- June 30, 2014 at 2:09 am #1507
Anybody tried aphostherepy does it work
- July 1, 2014 at 7:22 pm #1520
The ankle being flexible helped my knee and confidence enormously.
- July 5, 2014 at 5:48 pm #1545
Thanks for listening.
- July 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm #1546
No. You are not alone.
- July 6, 2014 at 5:32 pm #1550
- July 6, 2014 at 11:16 pm #1552
I’ve been fwb since Monday, 31st of June. Did good on that first day, walked into ortho’s office using a cane and walking almost normal, didn’t last all day, by the afternoon, I was back to a walker (highly suggest getting a walker, so much easier than crutches!). It’s been touch and go since. Some days, I get out of bed and can get by with a cane, but, doesn’t last all day. I’ve been on the walker almost all day today. I guess I was under the impression, once you were fwb it would get better daily, not the case. I’m more than a little disappointed that my ortho didn’t alert me to how difficult the recovery time is after this injury. But, since I found this web site, I get a much better idea as to the reality and don’t feel like a failure because I’m not just walking around like I could before.
- July 6, 2014 at 11:36 pm #1553
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- July 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm #1587
Sometimes, I wish I just had wads of cash I could throw at this to make everything go away.
- July 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm #1588
Try to get a good night’s sleep and see if it goes away
- July 8, 2014 at 10:39 pm #1589
- July 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm #1598
I have fairly good ROM-up to 90% , good flexation. Still doing my leg lifts 200 or more every day and stretching the hamstring out. Don’t have too many problems with leg strength. I expect I’ll be going to PT at the end of the month after my next appointment with ortho.
I just don’t know if I should be pushing this more than I am. Any suggestions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
- July 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm #1599
Best of luck
- July 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm #1600
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- July 10, 2014 at 5:09 am #1608
Good luck and hope your healing process is a success.
- July 10, 2014 at 5:12 am #1609
Good luck and hope your healing process is a success.
- July 10, 2014 at 7:23 pm #1612
- July 10, 2014 at 11:18 pm #1613
Yes. Phone your doctor.
- July 14, 2014 at 3:11 am #1628
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- August 31, 2014 at 6:00 am #2290
Wish you the best in recovery.
- August 31, 2014 at 6:03 am #2291
Lindsay, sorry for the gramtical errors, my phone likes to auto choose my words. Ugh!
- August 31, 2014 at 10:45 am #2297
The thought of putting weight on my leg scares me being able to walk seems a million miles away..i do have fb so will check it out thanks
- August 31, 2014 at 12:17 pm #2298
- September 4, 2014 at 9:45 pm #2350
Supposed to be NWB for 11 weeks until I see the Doc.
I’m 30, and in moderate shape, maybe 5-10 lbs over my ideal weight.
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- December 25, 2014 at 12:02 am #4334
Crutching is exhausting (also late 50’s with no upper arm strength)..and a hygienist..no benefits- no work, no pay). So I am getting the impression, streching , flexing, seated excersizes are a good thing.. healing can happen..but we need to try to build core strength and not atrophy from sitting? The first two weeks were painful..but now it is not too bad..I just wonder how the piece fuses back to the bone..how long I should wait with leg up before trying to get out and about on crutches.. (It seems every time I go out grocery shopping or something-it is painful at night) .. I don’t want to jepordize healing and end up needing surgery. Has anyone tried acupuncture too?
All of your experiences have been helpful!
- December 29, 2014 at 11:32 pm #4602
- January 8, 2015 at 4:18 am #4704
I did submit about 20 questions via email before my last appt. I see a PA not a orthopedic surgeon..He answered online, then seemed more full of concerns at the appointment. The PCL is sprained, could possibly have caused some of the fracture, is inoperable due to location, but a full knee replacement can be in the future due to the arthritus that often sets in. My leg will ever be the same as before the fall. We don’t know the extent of damage to the ACL/PCL until weight bearing begins. Kind of a bummer..Bones can take 12 weeks to heal-6 months to remodel fully.
Now, for some reason these last two days (in week 5 of NWB) I feel great! I have been crutching more, even standing on two feet calmly (except the heel doesn’t touch the ground) and not in the pain of before.. don’t know what happened. The thigh is atrophing so am trying to excercise more.. A friend brought an ultrasound for bone stimulation (Osteogen) to use daily. Has anyone tried it? I start PT in week 7..have about 60* and no straight leg. Tempting to over do because it is so nice to not be in daily pain…
- January 9, 2015 at 1:02 am #4709
- February 8, 2015 at 10:40 pm #6089
Hello fellow tpf members. Definitely not a group I signed up for…but here I am.
Unconvinced that nothing was wrong, I made an appointment with my regular doctor. During that visit, I found out that the hospital radiologist had stated possible tibial plateau fracture and he recommended that the ER doctor order a CT scan or MRI. Ohhh…I was angry,to say the least. Referred to an awesome Orthopedic Specialist who confirmed that I had a tibial plateau fracture. I was sent home in a hinged leg brace and pain medication. No surgery needed at this time.
- February 10, 2015 at 11:44 pm #6102
Always glad to meet new friends, but so sorry its this way! I will more then likely say, yes its normal. anytime you have your knee affected in such a way it will affect your foot. I have read that all of us have a swollen foot, foot pain, ankle pain etc. I would also think that your knee will give you fits on and off for awhile.
Besides walking on crutches and a hinged brace, what else do they tell you to do? Have they offered physical therapy to you?
- February 17, 2015 at 8:39 pm #6145
i am 11 weeks post op and i am still nwb with a hinged brace i had a plate and screws with a bone graft as well, my appointment keeps getting put back and my next appointment is the 13th march 15 my physio wont do anything because i am still nwb.
is this going too affect the outcome of my recovery?
i am also having some weird sensations in my knee and shin like cold liquid trickling down into my foot is this normal.
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I am 8 weeks post surgery to repair my 2 Right Leg Tibia fractures . My Dr. allowed me last week to go full weight bearing as tolerated . He suggested using two crutches for a week waking on affected leg, 1 crutch for 2 weeks then no crutch , maybe use a cain in needed after . Generally my quad and knee muscles are weaker but gaining strength in therapy / Home PT . I have 2 questions :