Re: Broken Tibia and Fibula

Sorry to hear of your injury, unfortunately i am in exactly the same position...i was involved in a car crash 16th sept 08 and broke both my tibia and fibula in my lower left leg.

I have also had a titanium rod with 4 screws put into my leg. I am not sure how much i can help you, however, i am now at the 5 week point and i saw my physio-therapist yesterday and he told me that mid november i can be expected to start to bare 1/3 of my body weight onto the leg and then hopefully in december i may begin full weight bearing. From my experiences so far, it will propbably be more than 10 weeks before i can walk normally. I asked yesterday if i will need an automatic car,and was told that yes i would and if i wanted to drive a manual car it could be a good few months from the point of walking properly, until i can safely drive it.
I was very surprised by this as i just assumed that come january i would be driving and normal to all intents and purposes.

I have been told that i have a good range of mobility considering the stage of recovery i am currently at, i am taking that as a positive and hoping that perhaps this could mean i am walking normally as quick as possible.

I understand what you mean about knowing how long the injury will take to heal because my drs and physiotherapists have been avoiding giving me a definitive answer to my questions. At my last drs appointment though, i was told that my leg will not be 100% healed for a year, i will be walking normally within this time but it just shows that it is a nasty injury really.

what have you been told by your drs? just out of interest really because there are still big questions i would like the answers to regarding recovery time.

Have you experienced any weight loss? After 5 weeks i have now lost around 16lbs (1 stone 2 approximately) as i have lost my appetite aswell as muscle. also how many weeks has it been since your injury?

hope some of this might help answer some of your questions! get well soon!

Posted By victoria on October 24, 2008 at 21:16:00:

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