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I just had a closed complete transverse fracture of the upper distal 3r of the tibia, what are my guidelines for returning to soccer?

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Dr. Dewey Jones iv
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: About 3 months

Working with an orthopedic surgeon and an experienced pt to set "functional recovery" goals is best.
In about 3 months you should be able to do many of the demands of soccer.

In brief: About 3 months

Working with an orthopedic surgeon and an experienced pt to set "functional recovery" goals is best.
In about 3 months you should be able to do many of the demands of soccer.
Dr. Dewey Jones iv
Dr. Dewey Jones iv
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Dr. Peter Ihle
appropriate treatment and complete healing & gradual increasing Ur activity. takes a while,as tibias R slow 2 heal. 3 mos is not realistic goal. more like 8-12.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Several guidelines.

Not quite sure if you meant the proximal third or the distal third of the tibia.
Regardless, you should be under the care of a sports medicine orthopedist, who can determine if it can heal without surgery. If so, then you should be x-rayed periodically until 3 months post-injury. After bone healing and physical therapy, you should be able to return to soccer, if you regained full function.

In brief: Several guidelines.

Not quite sure if you meant the proximal third or the distal third of the tibia.
Regardless, you should be under the care of a sports medicine orthopedist, who can determine if it can heal without surgery. If so, then you should be x-rayed periodically until 3 months post-injury. After bone healing and physical therapy, you should be able to return to soccer, if you regained full function.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Healed and pain free

Be patient. Typically these heal 8-10 % per week and take 10-12 weeks to heal.
Muscle atrophy will set in while you're waiting to heal, and this will have to be addressed with rehab. You can keep your other leg in shape by using a stationary bicycle and pedalling with that side only. Calf pain after the initial injury pain has resolved can be a sign of blood clot so this should be evaluated.

In brief: Healed and pain free

Be patient. Typically these heal 8-10 % per week and take 10-12 weeks to heal.
Muscle atrophy will set in while you're waiting to heal, and this will have to be addressed with rehab. You can keep your other leg in shape by using a stationary bicycle and pedalling with that side only. Calf pain after the initial injury pain has resolved can be a sign of blood clot so this should be evaluated.
Dr. John Ayres
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