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What kind of exercises can I do to keep my leg strong with a fractured tibia?

What kind of exercises can I do to keep my leg strong with a fractured tibia?

Heal bone first: Tibias heal poorly and can go on to monunion they usually should be nailed enknee motion to follow sometimes weight bering depending on frx pattern and fixation heal first them strengthen straight leg raises are a classic keeps quad strong. ...Read more

Dr. Ira Katz
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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I had surgery for a fractured tibia and fibula with IM nail. In a boot now and my leg feels like jelly and heavy. Is this normal?

I had surgery for a fractured tibia and fibula with IM nail. In a boot now and my leg feels like jelly and heavy. Is this normal?

When surgery done?: The first question I have is, how long has it been since surgery? There are a couple of concerns if the injury was recent. You could have a deep vein clot. That's serious and you would need eval for that right away. The other possibility is nerve injury or maybe a regional block was done? You should have a set of post op instructions. Read that and then contact your ortho doc, discuss what to do. ...Read more

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I would like to get a second opinion for my daughter she is 47yrs, handicapped, she has a fractured tibia (right leg), the fracture occurred 6/29/2011, it would apprear she is not healing well, she has limited mobility, and is treated for various neuro a

I would like to get a second opinion for my daughter she is 47yrs, handicapped, she has 
a fractured tibia (right leg), the fracture occurred 6/29/2011, it would apprear she is not healing well, she has limited
mobility, and is treated for various neuro a

Her : Her fracture is more than 6 months old at this time. That is called a non union. You mention that she is handicap in general terms so it is difficult to see the impact of the fracture in her quality of life. If she has pain, and is having difficulty with mobility whatever it may be or difficulty with basic care the fracture should be addressed. Non invasive management would include functional bracing with a bone stimulator. Other options are surgical. Thomas jefferson should have some fine orthopedist to help your daughter. Hope all goes well with your daughter. ...Read more

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What kind of surgery is needed to repair a fractured tibia?

What kind of surgery is needed to repair a fractured tibia?

Usuallly a Rod: Depending upon the location of the fracture, and the type of fracture, various rx are available - the intramedullary nail is the commonest. Plates and screws are used nearer the knee and ankle. Occasionally, an external fixator is used. ...Read more

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What are some light exercises i can do that won't be to hard on a healed, fractured tibia?

What are some light exercises i can do that won't be to hard on a healed, fractured tibia?

Healed fractured leg: Closed chain exercises coupled with aquatic therapy can be very helpful and useful for a healing tibia. By lower impact work the agonist and antagonist muscles can start to fire rhythm and healing can be promoted. ...Read more

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Compound fractures both tibia and fibula in the upper part of my leg. What should be the amount pressure of walking on it. It happen three months ago. Can i walk in a pool or swim. Also my doc told me a month after it happen i could ride an exercise bike.

Compound fractures both tibia and fibula in the upper part of my leg. What should be the amount pressure of walking on it. It happen three months ago. Can i walk in a pool or swim. Also my doc told me a month after it happen i could ride an exercise bike.

Depends on xray: How much weight you can put on it depends on the amount of healing present on the latest x-ray. Usually progress from non weight bearing to touch down weight bearing to full weight bearing. All of the above as tolerated . Pain is your guide in addition to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you wear high heels with a fractured tibia?

No: Bone needs to be positioned and splinted to heal. There are no heels on a cast. ...Read more

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What is the healing time for a broken/fractured tibia?

Fracture healing: Fractures typically take 6-8 weeks to heal at the earliest and may take longer. The best you can do is follow your surgeon's advice and if you do not take a multivitamin with calcium and vitamin d, you may want to consider this to help your bone get all the nutrition it needs to heal properly and as quickly as possible. ...Read more

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What to do if I fractured tibia bone, recovery?

What to do if I fractured tibia bone, recovery?

Depends: Depends on location of the tibia fracture. IF you have not seen an orthopaedic surgeon yet, you should. Majority of adults need surgical treatment of tibia fractures whether they are proximal, shaft or distal types. Rule of thumb for most fractures-12 weeks for bone to heal if you are healthy and the bones are well aligned. Do you have xrays handy? ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery period after a fractured tibia?

2-3 months to heal: A fractured tibia is a significant injury. Closed, non-operative management for stable well-aligned fractures treated in a cast would be expected to heal in about 2-3 months. Worse injuries that require surgery and a long intramedullary nail or a plate and screws (or similar), may take longer to heal, especially if there is a loss of tissue (skin, muscle, etc.) from around the fracture area. ...Read more

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