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March 15th, 2007

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12:27 am - fractured tibial spine
Hi I'm a 30 year old male and I fractured my tibial spine when a crowd surfer at a concert used my left knee to break their fall. this happened the night of March 4.

I went to the ER and had x-rays taken and my left leg was put in an immobilizer. I made an appointment to see an orthopedic specialist 5 days later. upon looking at the xrays they diagnosed it as a tibial spine fracture and put my left leg in an even better immobilizer and told me to get an MRI. they said that the bones were not displaced and should heal properly but that I'd need an MRI to see if there was any ligament damage.

I had the MRI done this past Monday and upon second visit to the orthopedic doctor they said there is indeed no ligament damage, so no need for surgery now or later.

right now, about 10 days since the accident, my leg (below the knee) is really sore and bruised due to the natural blood clotting that occurs after a break. now I have to have an ultrasound to see if the blood clots are bad enough to warrant blood thinning medication.

I just wish I could be told of a definite timeline for the healing process. right now I'm being told that I should be able to put 10% weight on my left leg 4 weeks after the accident (about 3 weeks from now), possibly have the immobilizer off within 8 weeks from the time of the accident and hopefully be back to mostly full strength in 12 weeks.

I was told about this site by a friend who broke his leg almost a year ago and found this community while searching "broken bones" in livejournal. thanks for listening.

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Date:April 7th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
It was very thoughtful of you to break that person's fall!! No good deed goes unpunished, I hear. I'm still looking for that timeline. I should have asked more questions. It's been over four months and there's still pain and issues with strength and range of motion, but also definite improvement.

I hope your recovery goes smoothly and you'll be back on your feet soon! Better days are coming - just make sure you push for physical therapy as soon as you can - it makes a big difference. Good luck!
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Date:April 7th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
thanks. one thing I've discovered from reading the My Broken Leg website is that everyone has their own timeline and no one injury is the same. it's also a good idea to ask your doctor lots of questions but I'm always afriad of being a pest because I feel as though I ask too many.

I've shown many improvements since this post. I'm now 5 weeks post-injury. went to the OS on Wednesday and he allowed me 50% PWB for 2 weeks and then 2 weeks of FWB and then I see him again and start PT. my main concern now is getting back to work, as my job is very labor intensive/heavy lifting and I just don't know when I'll be able to get back, and if I'll even have a job by then :(

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