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Offline TraciJo

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WORRIED/7 WEEKS POST OP TIBIAL PLATEAU FX
« on: November 05, 2008, 04:01:33 PM »
On September 7, 2008 I was injured when I stopped to help at an auto accident that happened in front of me.  While I was helping, another vehicle ran into the auto that I was helping.  I had several injuries.  But the one I am dealing with right now is a Tibial Plateau fracture.  I am trying to stay positive, but it is very hard.  Currently I am going to therapy once a week and of course doing to the exercises at home along with a recumbant bike. Still no weight bearing for 4 more weeks.  My concern is I am only bending my leg at 116 degrees right now.  Therapists tells me he would like to have me at 130degrees in 4 more weeks.  That just seems impossible,  Can anyone give me any hope and advice?
09/07 Accident / TPF
09/08 Placement of plate and screws
12/02 12 Week DR f/u, start WBAT rom 135
12/04 PT - WBAT exercises-started driving, wearing patella brace
12/08 Back to work - 4 hours a day
01/04/09 Walking w/o crutch, PT 2 a week
01/13 Released from OS/Still doing PT

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Re: WORRIED/7 WEEKS POST OP TIBIAL PLATEAU FX
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2008, 05:41:09 PM »
TraciJo - Welcome to the wonderful world of TPF's.  This is a tough injury with a slow recovery, but it will happen.  The main thing is to keep doing your exercises.  I did mine 3 times a day, with ankle pumps and quad sets almost every hour.  Also keeping you leg elevated above the heart will reduce your swelling.  for me swelling kept my ROM at about 120 until it finally went down and stayed down.  You're doing great so far, just keep it up.
Most of us with TPFs hang out arournd The Specialists Office ---> bone breaks around the knee.  You'll find a lot of advice and support there.
Sending healing rays your way
8/4/07 fell
8/5 diagnosed TPF
8/6 surgery plate and 6 screws
8/12 out of hospital NWM
8/21 staples removed
9/18 OS appt - WBAT with crutches
10/10 - WBAT with cane
10/27 - back to work w/cane
12/26 - no cane, slight limp when tired
1/25/08 - released from PT, no limp
2/3/09 - Released by OS

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Re: WORRIED/7 WEEKS POST OP TIBIAL PLATEAU FX
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2008, 04:05:15 PM »
MaryC - Thanks for the encouragement.  How long has it been since your injury?  I was hoping to go back to work next month.  That will be 3 months since surgery and hopefully total weight bearing by that time.  But I wonder if I am kidding myself. They are going to let me return basically sitting down all the time.  I feel like I have regressed this week, flexibility seems less and woke up with pain in my knee and shin that I haven't had since I got home.  Do most people have some weeks of set backs?
09/07 Accident / TPF
09/08 Placement of plate and screws
12/02 12 Week DR f/u, start WBAT rom 135
12/04 PT - WBAT exercises-started driving, wearing patella brace
12/08 Back to work - 4 hours a day
01/04/09 Walking w/o crutch, PT 2 a week
01/13 Released from OS/Still doing PT

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Re: WORRIED/7 WEEKS POST OP TIBIAL PLATEAU FX
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2008, 05:58:27 PM »
TraciJo -almost everyone experiences these 2 steps forward 1 step back recovery issues. 
I was off work for 12 weeks, and when I went back I used a cane for about another month.  I probably could have gotten rid of the cane sooner, but it became my security blanket when walking in crowds.

When you exercise you are using muscles that have been "on vacation" for a while, they will respond by being sore and cranky.  Icing after exercising helped me - 20 minutes with my leg elevated above my heart.
You will need to learn the difference between "good" pain and "bad" pain.  For general guidelines good pain is that achy muscle tightness you get after a good workout.  Bad pain is pain that is suddenly different, doesn't lessen or actually increases over a 24 hour period or causes your foot to go cold.  If you are feeling bad pain you should call your OS and tell them about it.
Sending healing rays your way
8/4/07 fell
8/5 diagnosed TPF
8/6 surgery plate and 6 screws
8/12 out of hospital NWM
8/21 staples removed
9/18 OS appt - WBAT with crutches
10/10 - WBAT with cane
10/27 - back to work w/cane
12/26 - no cane, slight limp when tired
1/25/08 - released from PT, no limp
2/3/09 - Released by OS















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