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Offline SkiKneeBreak

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Lateral Tibial Fracture
« on: August 22, 2010, 11:27:01 AM »
Hi
About four months ago I received the knee fracture from a skiing accident.  After getting an MRI scan the consultant said the clever meniscus things on the top of the bone had kept it all together and surgery was not required as displacement was minimal.  I wasn't really sure what he was on about, but it all sounded pretty cool as I didn't fancy surgery - who would?  It took about four weeks to get this diagnosis as there was a long waiting list for the consultant.  At the emergency hospital the day of the accident they gave me crutches and a removable brace.  After two days I gave up with the crutches as it was easier to limp around.  The brace I only put on at night to stop my leg waking me up in pain.
I had a couple of further consultations and phsyio sessions and they all agreed it was quite amazing that my knee had really healed itself and I was walking fine without a limp and no pain.  Anyway, recently I have been walking each morning about 20 minutes from the train station to where I am working with a laptop on my back (in a bag ofcourse lol).  The last couple of days it has started hurting again.  It was pretty painful yesterday but seems a bit better today.  There doesn't appear to be any swelling.  I am an avid hiker.  My question is when will I be able to do 5 hour hikes up mountains again with a backpack?  If I can't walk fourty minutes each day without a recurrence of pain I am wondering if I will ever be back to normal.  Just to clarify my daily walking to work is done wearing business shoes that have no cushioning properties.  Maybe this is the cause.

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Re: Lateral Tibial Fracture
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2010, 02:31:40 PM »
I would just like to add that I think it is great that you geeks specialise in knee problems.  Until I had the bone break I never realised how much a suffering knee can torment the knee owner.  I haven't been able to play football, hike, jog or kick the wall in anger since the accident.  Well, I have kicked the wall, but used my left leg.

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Re: Lateral Tibial Fracture
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2010, 03:57:06 PM »
Even bone bruising can take up to 12 months to feel better, so a minimally displaced fracture could well take several months before you feel up to tackling mountains. I'd probably suggest walking in some more shock absorbing shoes if you can, and changing once you get to work especially if you have a pack on your back. Its good there is no more swelling, but I would keep your eye on it just to make sure things don't worsen. A TPF is a nasty thing and is slow to heal (as are all bits of the knee!). Take your time, be kind to the knee and it should gradually get easier. I'm no expert on fractures but have a check down on the fracture section and you'll get some ideas of timescales, but I'd possibly expect to start making big gains 6 months + once the bruising and fracture calm down more and have healed more robustly.

Good luck and hope things carry on improving

Lottie  :)
Bilateral patella OA since 2009, no surgeries.
Euflexxa working well x3 to current
Right forefoot CRPS post fusion surgery 2011
Refusing to let the ailing parts stop me....

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Re: Lateral Tibial Fracture
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2010, 04:14:48 PM »
Welcome, glad you found us.  Knee injuries just seem to keep giving don't they.  You'll need to visit a specialist to get a complete diagnosis of your problem.  Before you see someone, try keeping a pain diary. Describe as precisely as possible where the pain is, the type of pain (burning, stabbing, achy), the duration, how painful on a scale of 1-10, what caused the pain (walking, stair climbing) and what relieved it (if anything).  This type of information will help the doctor narrow in on the issue.

After saying all that, I will tell you that post TPF I had a pain on the medial (inside) of my knee at the joint.  My PT suggested that in addition to specific exercises, I switch to shoes with a better arch support.  It worked for me. If you need to wear "business shoes" try getting a good running shoe for walking to work, or try putting a good insole into your work shoes.
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: Lateral Tibial Fracture
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2010, 04:34:30 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  Funny enough the pain with me is on the inside of the leg at the knee joint.  I think I will switch to wearing my hiking shoes to work and change once I get there.

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Re: Lateral Tibial Fracture
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2010, 11:34:51 AM »
Yesterday I got sick of the pain.  I went into a well known pharmacy chain and asked for anti-inflammatory pain killers.  Expecting to pay 15 quid for them I was surprised when she recommended ibuprofen (200mg) tablets at a massive 61 pence for a box of 16.  They seem to be doing the job nicely.  I wish I could just chill out at home for a week and let the knee rest and recover.

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Re: Lateral Tibial Fracture
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2011, 03:17:01 PM »
Just an update, my knee now seems to be fine.  Infact I am jogging each day now for 20 minutes.  It this unwise?  I wear good running shoes and the knee seems to be fine.  I am worried though that I could create further problems down the line, just that I love the jogging.