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
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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I had a Tbf on 2nd Sept last year.Got operated on 15th Sept using scress and plate.Went non weight for around 2 and a half months.Currently I’m cool without crutches and it’s four months down the line.The only problem is my leg feels weak when I’m walking and and the knee feels like it’s gonna backwards lol but I’ll try hydro therapy and see how it goes
A car crashed into while out training in my road bike. Result was a fracture to my medial tibia plateau. I’m in a knee knee 4 weeks now no op needed. Any idea when I can go back training?
Reach out to your doctor and the Facebook page Tibial Plateau Fracture Recovery. Loads of info and guidance.
Hi, in January I fell off a step ladder, tried to right myself, landed one my left foot and the brunt of the fall caused a severe tibial plateau fracture. As with some I have a plate, 14 screws, and artificial bone. I am 58 years old, spent 11 days in hospital, finally had surgery, I was wondering if anyone has an issue with the leg not being straight.I am seeing my left calf and foot is at a different angle than my other leg. It concerns me, as how that I am on crutches, after a long recovery, and still on going, my whole body is trying to compensate and this in itself is causing pain in a lot of my body. I have a long road ahead of me, and to anyone reading this in the same boat,I feel for you all.
Hi. Please check out Tibial Plateau Fracture Recovery group on Facebook. LOADED with info and lots of great people. Best wishes in your recovery. xx
Hi my name is Lynne and it sounds like we are in the same boat had my accident on the 6th of may was in hospital in a full leg plaster for 9 days then my op on the 13th of may had my staples out last week and my aim is to get my brace to 90degress before physio next wk doing well up to 65 degrees but yesterday took a step back was in pain again and my leg kept getting strange spasms wondering if I will ever get on my feet and back to work
Oh My! I did the same thing! I turned 60 in May, 2020 and July 4th was trimming some bushes. Fell of the step ladder to the right. Broke tibial plateau in three places and two breaks below that on the tibia. Also, broke both wrists, ulna bones. All three limbs needed surgery. Was in the hospital and rehab for a month. Physical therapy at home and got word Nov. 13, 2020 that I can do weight bearing, with my walker that has the arm rests. Cannot straighten leg and my ankle is more painful than my knee. Although it still hurts like crazy. I can bend it pretty good. It’s still swollen like twice my other leg.
I don’t know what else to do.
Ready to give up.
Keep on healing!!
Hi I am interested in joining this group. I suffered a serious tibia plateau fracture 10 months ago and I am still not back at work. I am still needing to use a crutch and I have knee pain, stiffness nerve palsy and drop foot as a result of the fracture. I would like to talk to others who have been through this injury. Thank you. Amanda
Hi Amanda, are you on facebook? If so please seek out Tibial Plateau Recovery group. It’s a life saver.
Thanks for that information! Just joined… It’s a great FB group and inspiring 🙏
I had surgery after a skiing accident in Aug 2018, fractured in 4 places. I am now at a point where i am looking to get back on skis in 2019.
i am wondering about keeping the metalwork in or getting it removed, it does not bother me so is there a long term issue?
I suffered TPF almost 3 and 1/2 years ago. I too had surgery with the hardware placed into my leg this past September I became very ill from a staph infection that turned septic the source of the infection was the hardware in my knee I had to have a second surgery to remove the hardware and clean out the infection. I was in the hospital for 2weeks in rehab for 6 weeks and an additional out – patient rehab. I was not allowed to come back to work until after the first of the year.
Craig, I recommend having the hardware removed. I did and am glad I did so.
I also fractured mine skiing 2 years ago. It was a level 6+, very bad. But I was back skiing this year at Alta / Snowbird.
My surgeon said if you want them out because they are bothering you we can do that, if not causing issue; they can stay. Turns out I had to have plate and
13 screws removed to have knee replacement done later. My injury is 6 years on now, and still knee pain and some loss of range of motion. Each case is different, and if you don’t need to remove them, why pay the deductibles? Ultimately, it’s your decision as to how you are functioning and whether your surgeon feels removal might improve things for you.
Once the bone is healed fully and properly there is no added benefit to having the hardware. It can only be a hindrance. Cost may be a factor of course if you have to pay out of pocket or have a high deductible.
I just found this site yesterday and it’s been very helpful. I am 8 weeks post surgery. Broken fibula plus TPF with a plate and several screws. I am 67 with osteoporosis complication. I went back to work (desk job) 3 weeks after surgery thanks to a wonderful husband and great co-workers who made it so much easier. I am on a walker now almost FWB. My questions might be odd but I have a very sharp pain on the inside of my knee when I yawn, when I sigh and then just random pains at rest. Is this common? Should I be concerned about this pain.?
Kevin, you are young and will probably recover and do the things you love. I was injured skiing in slush, 20 months ago. I was 55 and I’m a woman. I had 8 screws and 1 plate. I was surprised at how long recovery has taken.
I’m considering having the hardware removed now, because my leg feels heavy. I got back on my bike around 5 months afterwards. I did a lot of PT, which greatly helped, until my 10 month mark or so. There are a lot of kinks to be ironed out over time.
I still have ever so slight swelling and numbness down the vertical portion of the plate. I couldn’t hop for over a year. You are younger and will probably bounce back just fine. The doctors really don’t know exactly how you will recover, the injuries are all so different.
I would be optimistic and still do your PT until you have reached the level you want. My leg still is shaky with kneeling and getting better at trying to run. I haven’t had any kind of arthritis issue. I feel hopeful for your future. Keep plugging away and don’t worry about how long full recovery will take. It will definitely be longer than you want it to be. But, I have found that there is less disappointment and frustration with the recovery if I don’t think about when it will all be completely healed. I may also be experiencing the effects of a meniscus tear from years before that causes that same knee to swell posterior. I’m hoping that if I take the HW out it will be close to pre-injury. Not sure it will ever be the same again, but, at least we can do almost everything. Best wishes to you!
3 years post tibia plateau injury wonder if anyone else are experiencing problems?
My leg gives way and I get the sensation of my 2 plates moving and giving me really painful electric shocks.
Frustrated as I like to walk and know feel pain after a few miles .
I know my
Injury was complex and needed bone graphs as the knee was also shattered . But I’ve managed till now.
Stupid question can my pins plates come lose?
Hi Teresa, are you still have the same knee problems? If so have they got worse or have you got help and have improved?
I fractured my TP 20 months ago and am now having the same problems that you had posted in April 18.
So on January 27th 2018 I joined the 1% club of TPF’s. Skiing in Colorado and getting cut off by a snowboarder afforded me a type IIIb TPF (31mm depressed) and a torn meniscus. I’ve looked at this site a few times to try and find some positive posts but they are few and far between. Basically just looking for some feedback from the 30-40 something’s that have healed and gotten back to a active lifestyle. I’m 34 and have the outlook from my doc that I’ll have arthritis and knee pain for the rest of my life and likely a partial knee replacement at some point when it’s too much pain to deal with.
I love running, skiing, swimming and biking and feel like the latter two are all I’ll be able to do.
I’m currently 6 weeks as of yesterday and hopefully partial weight bearing on Wednesday if I get cleared by the surgeon. I also have 8 screws and a plate holding the lateral side of my tibia up along with two fractures down the tibia in between the lateral and medial part of the knee.
I’m hoping because the lateral part of the knee doesn’t bear most of the weight I may have a bit more of a chance to get active again, however I just don’t have much direction from my doctors.
Any encouraging notes about this injury and the recovery would be awesome because right now I feel like this is worse than any other fracture I could have endured!
Kevin – ther’e’ no avoiding the sad reality that it’s a horribly life-changing injury; recuperation is tough going, sometimes painful & very dispiriting at times, but do persevere. My manager had TPF#5 over 20 yrs ago and his leg is virtually back to normal – no arthritis and no joint pain & no joint replacement….he doesn’t quite have same degree of flexion as other knee. Don’t forget all those olympians who had broken numerous bones in their bodies in the past but resumed competition. I am 2 yrs post TPF classification 6 (300mm long plate and 27 screws) and making slow but steady progress with help from a superb sports personal trainer at the gym ( physio no help at all). You will have to persevere, push through unspeakable pain at times and determination will help you through