Physiotherapy is the single most important thing you can do to improve your recovery. Performing the exercises as directed by your physiotherapist routinely and persisting with your exercise protocol will help your recovery be better, and less complicated, and much faster . It will also reduce chance of complications and different forms of long-term damage.
Physiotherapy after a TPF has te main objective of helping you heal. Throughout the recovery process there are many smaller objectives for the specific exercise you will be performing. The objective and thus the exercises will be changing over time. Some of the benefits and objectives of physiotherapy are improved range of movement, gaining and improving stability of the knee and the body, , prevention of adhesions, improving motor control, gaining muscle mass and more.
Physiotherapy might start as early as a few days following your surgery or injury, and sometimes even on the same day. It is very important that you start early, and are in tough with a trained physiotherapist from the very beginning. This will have a dramatic effect later on, so if your O/S has not yet discussed this with you, consider asking him about physiotherapy.
At first the exercises will probably be performed at home, later on at a physical rehabilitation center and at some point you might be referred to your local gym to continue exercising there. In some cases several of the exercises may be performed in a pool but this is not at all mandatory. While performing the exercises a good remember that the exercises can be uncomfortable and can also be lightly painful, but should not hurt a lot. If you are in serious pain from the exercises consider slowing down and doing things more gently. Also, try not to do the exercises under heavy painkiller medications (of course, during the first several weeks this is unlikely), as these might mask the fact that you are over-straining your leg. Remember – pain is your friend, helping you know when something is wrong (but unfortunately will probably also prove to be an enemy).
The main objectives of the exercises are:
knee stability – Strengthening the smaller supporting muscles around the knee will contribute to a more stable movement as the knee bends and bears weight in the future.
Range of motion – The knee will be losing ROM due to the surgery and adhesions which form thereafter. Part of the exercise routine is aimed at constantly increasing the ROM though gentle bending, going a little further every week. It is unfortunately unlikely that you will regain 100% full range of motion, but with early and constant exercise you can get a very good result, at almost full range of motion.
Motor control – Some of the exercises will focus on regaining good motor control of the knee and leg muscles. This includes gentle movement exercises as well general stability exercises at a later stage.
Gaining muscle mass – Leg muscle mass is lost in a moment and takes forever to ragain. Many of the exercises will be focused on regaining muscle mass in the main and smaller muscle of the leg.
Below is the description of the different “periods” of physiotherapy:
During the first week or so exercise will concentrate mainly around “recovering” from the effects of the surgery. This means, for example – icing and leg elevation to reduce inflammation and pain, regaining initial knee range of motion and motor control (the ability to bend your knee), and getting used to getting around on crutches. You should not be alarmed if at the very start you can hardly bend your knee at all. This is quite a standard post-surgery symptom, and will soon improve drastically. Your ROM (range-of-motion) will continue to improve for months to come. Some exercises you can be performing during this time are:
- gentle bending of the knee in the brace, as far as you can go with no pain, many repetitions at a time (tens of repetitions)
- moving you ankle in circles in both directions.
- putting a towel under the knee of a straight leg, and trying to press down on it- straightening the leg
During the NWB period the goal is to gain as much ROM as possible, prevent the formation of permanent adhesions, reduce muscle wastage and build leg muscle. All of this has to be done gently, without putting too much pressure on the leg, and therefore include gentle exercises. These exercises can be done solo, with the help of another person and with the help of accessories(link). Exercises should be performed every day, multiple times daily or as directed by your physiotherapist. A few exercises that can be performed at this stage are:
- Continue with moving your foot in circles by the ankle. after a few weeks pass, use a stretch band (link) as a contradicting force to make the ankle work harder, by putting the middle of the band around your foot, and holding the ends stretched with your hands. Be very gentle as this is a form of putting some weight on the leg and you don’t want to do that too early.
- lying on your back, try to bend your leg, moving the foot towards you while touching the bed, then straighten the leg and repeat.
- lying on your back, try to bring your knee to your chest (obviously you wont be able to, but as close as your can), return and repeat. use your hands to help you go a little further.
- Sit on a couch or the side of a bed, let the leg fall to the floor as much as possible, stretching the ROM. Do this gently, possibly with a pillow on the floor under the foot and/or your hands holding on to the end of your brace, and allow the leg to down so that you feel a stretch and possibly light pain but no more. Lift the leg with the help of your hands and/or stretch band and repeat.
- While performing the previous exercise, try to force the leg to “fall” more slowly by holding it with your hamstring muscles (the top part of your leg). Also, try to straighten the leg from a bent position by lifting the foot and straightening the leg (you probably won’t succeed at first, you can use your hands to help).When you are able to lift your foot without any help (approx 3 weeks), continue with these exercises:
- straighten it and hold it at a straight position for 5 seconds, let drop and repeat.
- Use a stretch band to add resistance to all previous exercises.
- Ankle alphabet – Sit on a chair with your foot dangling in the air or on a bed with your foot hanging off the edge, and draw the alphabet on the floor with your toe acting as a pencil, letter by letter (draw ‘A’, then draw ‘B’ etc..)
- Try to pick up marbles or towels off the floor by flexing your toes and grabbing the towel with your foot.
- stretch and flex your heels and toes against stretch bands and against your hands
- Patellar mobilization – Twice a day, use your hands to gently push your kneecap up and down, and left and right. It is best if this is done under the supervision of a trained physiotherapist
- Leg Stretches
- Lie on your back, bend the leg and hold the stretch band with both your hands so that the middle is above the foot. Try to straighten your leg in the air so that it resists the bend and stretches it (a bit logistically complicated)
- Hold the band stretched around the foot, try to bring your knee close to your chest and then push it back out, stretching the band.
- Hold the band stretched around the foot, flex and stretch your ankle as if standing on your toes.
- perform some exercises for the core body muscles as well if possible. These are the stomach and back muscles as well as all the muscles in those areas. This will not directly help the leg, but all of these muscles will also be weakening from inactivity and exercising them could prevent extra pains and strains.
- When possible, begin stationary bike training
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Initial WB Period
This stage starts around 6-8 weeks During this period you will be putting partial weight on your leg, learning to walk again and slowly raising the amount of strain put on your leg. Generally speaking, at this point in time you will be in less danger of harming or reopening the fracture, but still need to take things slowly and carefully. Some exercises are:
- Continue all previous exercises, adding resistance and stationary bike exercises if possible
- Move from two crutches and tiptoeing to one crutch to a walking stick and eventually unaided walking within 4 -6 more weeks.
- possible.practice very slow, mindful walking, focusing on walking form.
- Use weight machines and ankle weights (link) to strengthen all the muscles of the leg. Practice both legs separately when possible, but don’t forget to train both legs and not only the injured one. Also, make sure train all muscles of the leg
- Stretch often and especially after weight training
- To gain stability and strengthen small muscles stand on a stability board (link) or bosu ball (link), at first with both legs. Try to stay stable while standing. When this is easy make it harded for yourself by bouncing a ball, leaning left and right or light squats. When this is also easy, try standing on just one leg.
- Leg press, heel raises, hamstring curls, Squats (one and two legs), lunges, knee extensions
- When you are able to walk, make sure you walk as much as possible
- Perform advanced Rom exercises such as trying to sit with your buttocks on your feet or using your hands
- A continuous passive motion machine may also be used if available in your physical rehabilitation center.
- Consider trying Aphostherapy (link) to help prevent the onset of osteoarthritis.
You will need to continue strengthening the leg, improving ROM and stability and performing other exercises for a while. A full year of training and Physiotherapy to some extent is not unlikely, and it might be longer. take in to account that as time goes by Physiotherapy will start to feel more like a Gym session then rehabilitation and you will be able to combine your exercise schedule with cardiovascular training such as stationary or regular bike riding.
Some good exercises are:
- Elliptical trainer
- Weight training
- Leg press, heel raises, hamstring curls, Squats (one and two legs), lunges, knee extensions
- Treadmill walking
- walking in a pool
- continue ROM exercises
- Try to avoid impact exercise (running) as much as possible. Consult your Physiotherapist about when to start
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Today I drove for first time since my fracture (10 months ago) Felt really great to gain that independence. Walking totally unassisted, with little of limp on and off. Working on getting muscle stronger and improve atrophy. Still doing PT. Today, I believe I will be back to my previous level of function once fully recovered. Still with difficulty going down stairs but is improving. Overall improvement. 😀
Wow, 10 months till driving. I had NO IDEA. I’m just 4 weeks post op. Tingling less. Hip hurts but trying to bend knee in brace as told. Hold over in nursing home 6 more weeks with restorative therapy to keep me at level I gained, as was very weak. Can balance at walker 2.20 min good left leg. Got a ways to go. Hope I get the therapy you’ve gotten.
Thank You for sharing.
Hi Susan, I think crutches give more stability and support. I personally did not find cane helped me much when started weight bearing. Now with a stronger leg, it reminds me to put more weight on my fractured leg. Crutches also helped me with posture. I had more back pain, hip, ankle pain with cane. So I kept using crutches. Briefly I use cane. Now I am almost walking unassisted 90% of the day.
It’s all what works best for each individual. In my house, with rugs and pets, unwieldy tall crutches were not feasible — I found a walker much easier and more stable. Also, it was better for carrying things, especially the one with a seat. I had one upstairs and one downstairs, and I walked up and down the stairs with the aid of the bannister. But after only a few weeks, with the invaluable assistance of my physical therapy folks, I graduated to the cane.
Can anyone recommend a cane to use starting WB ?
I’ve had one month PT
i just stuck with the crutches as they were more stable i found a walking cane too wobbly.
So glad this group is here! I stated 50% weight bearing and 90 degree ROM. Now my lower back is on fire with pain. Anyone else experience this?
I had / have this as well but getting better. For me its from favouring the broken leg and walking crookedly. But as my leg gets straighter its now 5deg from level the back is better. Hope this helps. The gym and the bike along with physio is the saviour for me.
Hello everyone: I have good news to share with all of you. I am now moving with cane for last 3 days. Started 3 weeks ago, too painful to right ankle. So went back to crutches. During this time I began myofascial release therapy. I’m doing three therapies: regular, water and myofascial. The last two,I believe have helped me the most. In my last myofascial visit, he changed me back to cane, observed my gait and really taught me how to use cane. In plain English he said hold cane closed to your body as if you have a holster and you shoot when you ready to take the step on injured leg. Both have to move together and body erect. I saw orthopedic for ankle pain. He thinks is due to lack of use for more than 14 weeks. Ankle pain began when I started full weight bearing. My myofascial therapist is working on the ankle too. Don’t drive yet, but not getting frustrated about it, I prefer to wait now, we are in Winter. Snow is on ground and soon we will be driving on ice.
I see myself driving next year around March-April when snow, ice begins to melt. ROM is almost back to prior to injury. Flexion is 127degees, extension not quite full to zero (shy of 2 degrees) but when I’m doing my exercises I get it to zero. Flexion has improved because I’m constantly bending it and pushing (with my non injured foot or leg) my right injured right leg or foot to gain more flexion. Same for extension laying down and awake, I push on my leg and try to bring back of knee to touch bed, floor.
To Fiona’s daughters and anyone who has difficulties with ROM and extension specifically, I had that problem up to 20 weeks from date of injury. I discussed that with my orthopedic since in morning whatever extension I had achieved was lost and took me a good 30 minutes to 1 hr to warm up my leg and regained the extension, he suggested to sleep with hinged brace on and locked to 0 degrees – full extension, It did helped, now I do not sleep with brace on.
I have returned back to part time work. Using compression socks because as we all know there is lots of swelling post surgery associated with injury. I have been told may go away a year after injury. At the end of day my right lower leg is not as swollen with use of compression stocks. If seating down to long, I brought in a stool (to my office and is under my desk) I raised my right leg in extension on stool, keep it extended and minimizes pain and tightness when I tried to get up.
I also put pressure with my thumb on the surgical scar. I believe this helps to break scars and I have a large scar about 25 to 30 cm, going from mid medial shin to knee and then goes across the back of my knee and ends in lateral side of knee. I hope that some of suggestions can help and bring in hope for improvement of our condition.
I “missed the last step” on Halloween and heard two “pops” as I sailed to the ground. I have a fracture of the right tibial plateau. The ACL held tight to the top of the tibia and pull a piece loose. There is also a hairline fracture across the back of the bone, but he is leaving that alone to heal by itself. Arthroscopic surgery is scheduled for Wednesday the 8th. The surgeon said he will be placing one screw only ( I apparently got off easier than everyone else here) but of course, that could change. I am staying in bed as we are in a 2 story house with no bathroom/bedroom on the first floor, and using my arms to pull myself up and down 15 steps when I have to go out. I’m using a walker and not putting any weight on the bad leg. The swelling in my knee has almost gone down completely. Between now and Wednesday, can I gently do ankle rolls or anything else to try to prepare? I am 67 years old.
Thanks so much for words of encouragement.
I have a right tibial plateau fractured in early June 2017. Had surgery a week later. Total nwb for12 wks. 2nd week September began weight bearing 30 lbs per week. I could not do it. I was barely able to do 15 to 20 lb.according to my orthopedic guidelines I should be able to hold my 120 lb of weight in my right leg and I am others yet. I was an active woman, run marathon and half marathons and did aerial yoga as well as hot yoga and yin yoga. I have not been able to do any of these. I don’t even know if I will be ever able to do this or even get to a pool without help. You guys are giving me some hope that it will get better and I hope to return to work with minimal help my goal will be able to drive to work, get on and off the car unassisted and be able to do my job to the best of my abilities and no special accommodation. I am still using a walker and would like to ask you if I should just change to crutches.
You will get there. Don’t forget, your muscles had 3 months to atrophy, along with whatever damage may have been done by the injury or your surgery. You won’t get it all back overnight. Two weeks after I got the go-ahead to be FWB I still could not do anything — I could not step even hanging on to something. I was very discouraged and went to my first PT in my wheelchair. Well, they soon got me out of that and into a walker, and shortly after that I got a cane.
My advice is to get some PT — they will evaluate you, work with you on exercises specific to your needs, and then after the PT appointments you need to faithfully do the exercises. Just normal activity alone won’t bring back all your function (as they told me). I started out with a lot of pool therapy — it was very helpful and I would recommend that. The PT place had underwater treadmills, etc., which made it easier to get going on the FWB.
I have pets and throw rugs and stairs, so crutches were not an option for me. I had a wheelchair for downstairs and a walker (“hopper”) for upstairs while I was NWB. I went up and down the stairs on my bottom.
I would also add that, after starting PT at the end of April, I pretty much put away my cane by Labor Day. Hope that gives you a sense of a timeline.
Hi Judith am reading your recovery with interest – when is Labour day – our labour day in NZ is October.
Hi, Brenda — Labor Day in the USA is the first Monday in September.
Can anyone recommend a cane to use starting NWB ?
I’ve had one month PT
I think you mean WB? Anyway, on the recommendation of my PT folks, I just got a plain generic cane from Walgreen’s — it worked fine, and I only needed it for a couple of months. It has a foam handgrip, which is at a right angle to the shaft. It’s adjustable in height. It cost about $20 as I recall.
Or, you might inquire at your local Senior Center (if you have one…) whether they have canes to lend. Mine has all sorts of equipment people can borrow — I donated my walker and shower seat to them.
I will echo Judith in that recovery takes a lot of time but is possible! I couldn’t drive for 5 months, and even now at 9.5 months I sometimes have challenges, especially after a PT session. I still have PT twice a week, in addition to doing exercises on my own to regain strength and build back my muscles. That said, I really am starting to feel “normal” finally. Last week I was sick and missed an entire week of PT/exercise, and then had a great session on Monday. Perhaps my leg needed that little break. My point, don’t be too hard on yourself. I know it may seem impossible, but you will get better. Find things now that allow you to be active–the pool and bike were my earliest activities–which will help your mental state. My PT dr. stressed that my mental/emotional state was tied to my physical healing, and she was so right. As for using crutches vs. a walker, I think it’s up to you. I never had a walker, but used forearm crutches. That’s what I got at the hospital and found them much easier than traditional underarm crutches. Forearm crutches made it much easier to eventually transition to walking, since I could just use one as a cane. Hope this helps!
My daughter broke her tibial plateau at the end of February 2017 (on a trampoline) – she is 15 years old. She’s had 2 surgeries so far and progress was very slow for the first few months, but after the 2nd surgery to remove scar tissue she has gained better movement – currently at 120 degrees bend, but still cannot straighten her leg. We’re being referred back to surgeon to see what else can be done. She has physio twice per week and deep tissue massage once a week. We’re now in month 9 – never imagined it would take this long. I’m told its unlikely that 100% ROM wiull be regained, but we’re keeping fingers and toes crossed.
Hi Gladys we are quite similar. I did my right tibia plateau 25 august and today am allowed to start full weight bearing. My knee feels weak and wobbly but i have been on crutches which i think gave more mobility than a walker and you can go more places. Now i can drop to one crutch but i feel that wont be for a week or so.
Good luck with yours. By the way i can drive once i can slam on the brake so shall be practicing that as its been 11 weeks of the “Hostage Situation” and i want to get exploring! I feel that the crutches give you more sense of weight going through your leg that might help.
I think the crutches are easier to feel more like normal walking than a walker. I’ve tried both and use crutches. Broke same as you first of September 2017.
AN ACCIDENT TOOK PLACE AND MY TIBIA WAS FRACTURED ON 28.7.2016.I GOT OPERATED 2 TIMES ON 4 & 12 AUGUST BY FIXING IMPLANT, AT ANAND HOSPITAL, PURNEA (BIHAR).AFTER LONG PHYSIOTHERAPY, TILL DATE I AM UNABLE TO FOLD MY LEG LIKE ANOTHER ONE.
JUST I WANT TO KNOW , CAN I FOLD MY LEG AFTER REMOVAL OF IMPLANT ?
What kind of implant do you have? A lot of the people on this board have permanent plates, not removable implants (a term I have seen used more in operations such as breast augmentation). Anyway, after a TPF surgery has healed, whether or not the hardware is still in place, the joint will be stiff, muscles will have atrophied, and considerable physical therapy will likely be needed to restore an adequate range of motion and normal activities. This may take some months, after you have returned to full weight-bearing on the affected leg, which could take another couple of months after surgery to heal. X-rays can determine the level of healing.
You did not state why you had two surgeries — possibly something related to that is complicating your situation?
I also had two surgeries, due to my trauma. The first from the ER to put in an external stability bar. The second, two weeks later, to make the actual repair. It was a hot mess in there and in pieces.My tibia was also split vertically.
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Thank you all who are posting your questions and experiences. My surgery was June 1, so I am just starting down this road. My biggest physical issue right now is acute soreness/pain in the affected leg’s calf muscle. Work on flexing foot to stretch it and rub (gently!) arnica cream on it, but oh, my it hurts!
Thanks to all the people posting their experiences it is helping me come to grips of what is ahead of me in rehab after surgery on 2/11/17. I have completed 1st week of NWB with a lot of pain and negative feelings of recovery but after reading some of these articles I will get back into some positive thought energy I know it will help, Thanks everyone!!
i go to my 1st physio session on the 20th Nov 2017 so am looking forward to that ( I think)!!
Anyway will try to update you on my progress at a later date
Hi Sue I had all the same negative feelings that you have had. It was terrible and I couldnt see how it was going to get better.
But i am 14 weeks in and can walk up stairs flex to 110 degs and straighten after a long period of having this stiff joint to about 15 degs. I aqua jog and do gym and walk with one crutch. Progress is being made ! I feel positive and am really pushing my knee joint every step of the way. I am not going to give in to accepting less than the utility i had prior to the accident. The whole thing is a pain in the proverbial but it is….
Good luck to u and keep the posting on your progress.
My injury occurred 4-30-17, surgery on 5-1-17, open reduction with fixation of plate with six screws. Have just today, 6-15-17
Started partial weight bearing….30 pound limit on injuries leg.
Walking with a walker. Have been allowed strengthening and flexion exercises with water therapy for the last 3 weeks.
Flexion up to 82 degees can be pushed (by PT) to 90 degrees.
Extension to 1 degree. Questions: 1.my foot and toes have been numb or feels like it’s asleep since surgery. Now as I put pressure on it, it stings…will this get better? 2. I’m 64 years old,
In good shape, active and according to my Orthopedist, I have good bones…is it realistic to think I’ll get back to my normal ROM? The recovery and the injury is amazingly difficult.
Any suggestion or thoughts will be greatly appreciated.
Will exercisers twice a day if pain free, be sufficient?
I was a couple of years older than you when I had my injury 2-1/2 years ago, and I also had open reduction with a plate and six screws (still in there). My whole lower leg was numb on one side, and my foot felt weird, and it wouldn’t go flat on the floor the way the other one did. My doctor said all of that was because nerves were disrupted of necessity by the surgery. My leg is still numb on part of its surface, which is an odd combination with the extreme sensitivity under the skin where the plate is. But, it is manageable — I just have to be careful not to bump things. My foot came back to almost normal — my big toe still has a slight angle but probably I am the only one noticing. Quite soon I was able to wear my regular shoes again.
As for your ROM, I have only myself to go by, but mine came back well during my time in PT. I still need to do stretching exercises because otherwise it will be stiff. As for your exercises, do them faithfully! I can’t advise on the painfulness part — some exercises I had in PT were quite painful but the therapists said that was okay — especially while you are not fully weight bearing. I would ask your doctor. You don’t want to reinjure it if you are not fully healed (mine would not let me be weight bearing at all until x-rays showed that I was completely healed: 14 weeks after surgery). Good luck!
My injury occurred on February 18,2017 I spent three weeks in the hospital and then went to a rehab for 3 more weeks. This is a long healing process and can really test your patience. almost 14 weeks and I have only regained rom of 60 degrees. I’m walking with a Cain and hope to be walking unaided in the next 2 or 3 weeks. I plan to return to work at that point in my recovery process. I will have to continue my physical therapy on my own because insurance will not cover more than 2 months. It’s a long road to recovery if you are recovering from this kind of injury I wish you all the best and encourage you to keep fighting the good fight.
I fell skiing April 8th and had surgery a few days later. I have multiple screws and a plate 3/4 of the way down my shin. Boy is this a tough injury! I was a very athletic 39 year old at the time of injury, hiker, runner, skier and now I’m resigned to be a swimmer and golfer. I’m 7 weeks post-op and at about 85 degrees flexion. I’ve been working to get to 90 for 4 weeks now and feel like I’m just treading water, every night it tightens up and every day I fight to get it to 85 degrees. I am now going to outpatient PT and have a great therapist who pushes ROM. (I had in home PT for the first 4 weeks which was pretty mediocre and more about getting around the home safely and introduction to some exercises.) I get partial weight bearing in 3 weeks and full weight bearing as tolerated July 4th.
I really like reading all your stories so please keep posting!
I’m especially interested in how quickly folks went from FWB to basically ‘normal’ daily activity. I have a college reunion with some girlfriends 3 weeks after FWB and if I go, I’ll have to get on a plane. Any bets on whether this will be possible?
Katie, I would not be so quick to think you won’t be able to resume all of your accustomed activities. I’m a few decades older than you are, and I’ve managed to do almost everything again. I had no PT after I left the rehab center (3 weeks there) until I was cleared for FWB 14 weeks after surgery (it was mid-April by then). I regained function very quickly. It only took a couple of weeks to get out of my wheelchair (crutches not being feasible in my house), and then I spent a few more weeks with a walker. I graduated to a cane after that, and I was able to retire that by the end of the summer.
I’m sure you will be able to get on that plane, with a walker or a cane, and a year from now I’ll bet you will be back out there on the trails. Do the exercises and stay optimistic! You may always need to do some stretching on the injured leg, but that’s no deal-breaker.
I can totally relate to your struggle! I am also a fairly active person, and had recently moved to Germany and was so excited to hike, bike and travel! My TPF occurred skiing on 20 Dec 16. It took me FOREVER to get to 90 degrees, and then when I was at 110 (at 14 weeks) something happened and I went back to 90…argh! I finally measured 120–that magic number–at 23 weeks! I was NWB for 14 weeks, which really took a toll on my muscles–quad and hamstring, as expected, but also glutes and calf. It took me 2 weeks to really start walking, and I used one forearm crutch for a couple weeks, but I still wasn’t allowed to drive (and only short distances, and not on the Autobahn) until 20 weeks!
That said, we went on a family vacation at about 12 weeks post op that included a 4-hr plane ride. I was still NWB, so I used a wheelchair at the airports (security was a breeze!) and my forearm crutches on the plane. That was a little tricky, but you should be able to use just one crutch or cane by the time you travel which should be a lot easier. Just make sure you stretch out that leg and rotate your ankle/flex the foot while in flight.
I was allowed to walk in a pool even before I was allowed to bear weight. I think that helped with ROM and with regular walking once allowed. Another tip, try cycling. Believe it or not, I was cleared to ride my bike before driving and it is easier than walking again. I also found that it helped with ROM–it was my favorite warm-up at PT and I could mark my ROM progress by how I was able to get the pedal all the way around–cheating at first and with the seat high, but eventually no cheating and seat lowered. I have now progressed to the elliptical (pain-free) for warm up and at 24 weeks post op just yesterday went on a 3.3 mile hike in the woods near my home! So in just 8 weeks there has been great improvement.
Hopefully my experience will be of help to you. Enjoy the time with your college friends and all the best with your recovery!
Hi i have been reading the comments from you all. I am just 2.5weeks post op with the usual hardware. Sitting reading with limited movt. I am heartened to hear the comments and the rate of progress and recovery. Mine a skiing injury not even skiing fast and usually very active 56 yr old. Hmmmm. Its ahigh impact injury in terms of changing your life for a time.
I was 60 when I had a grade 7 fracture & was so frustrated at your stage & beyond. However I totally agree with the comments on physiotherapy. Throw yourself into it. Make sure you also have good scar management.
I am now 3 years on and walk, run & more importantly ride horses (quite a lot!). (That’s how I injured myself in the first place). I didn’t believe it would ever get to this stage, but with persistence & sticking to the physio & exercises it has.
I now visit a sports masseuse 3 times a year just to make sure that I keep everything loosened up.
You’ll get there!
Thanks Wendy i feel better already. I am glad that you can do everything that u did pre break! Exercises – thats the key. Thank you again !
Riding a horse. That would be great. I got bucked off for my injury and still waiting for initial ortho consult. I already had limited ROM with my broken leg due to MS. I would love to get on horseback again but it won’t be the gelding that bucked me off. It will be an old rodeo horse thst has been there….seen that… winters are cruel here and it a bummer that by the time I heal it will be cold and icy again. So means I am almost homebound for the next year. Now whether I ever get on a horse again will depend on how my leg feels next summer.
I broke my R leg – tibia plateau 30/11/14! I have just had the plate and screws removed by the same surgeon. All was well with my leg but I still was not fully weight-bearing and could not climb the stairs. I hope that with the hardwear is out that I shall really have as good as leg as possible. I did not realize how long it had been since I had the injury. In the meantime I trapped the sciatic nerve, same leg, of course. That was very painful for a few months, in fact the level of pain that I had to tolerate was such that I did not realize when I broke the fibula until an x-ray showed I had been walking, using elbow crutches, or up to the previons 6 months!
Now R leg has a total hip implant, no plate or screws. Some of the nerves of the lower leg are still numb and I still do Physio, but I have been flying short and long haul using a zimmer or crutches. No more dog walking but by the end of this week I shall be swimming again, the scars should be dry enough, I was told. The wound is dry and looks good, but now I can only do the doggy paddle which I find is getting better.
So remember, at least that is my advice to me, things could be worse. My surgeon said the break was Schwartzkat (sp. ?) 7-8, so I suppose they could just just taken off the leg! I am now 65, if that is significant and hope I won’t break any more bones!
Good luck with you and the leg.
Just reading your post and wondering ow you are going. How is the getting back to normal going?
I am 12 weeks from surgery and walking around on 1 crutch sometimes. Its a slow process but each week gets better and improvements happen.