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Those of you who have broken a leg in the past - I have a question for you...
So I broke my leg 2 1/2 yrs ago (tibial plateau fracture) - it still aches on a daily basis. I had an arthroscopy on it 14 months ago to clear out damaged cartilage which helped a lot but I am still in pain every day. It is very mild pain, a dull ache but just gets on my wick! I have had physio on it in the past. What are your experiences of recovery?
I had pins and plate put in mine. It's stiffer than the other one (especially on waking) and does ache sometimes. I worry a bit about too much high impact exercise but am still pretty active - short, slow running, walking, karate. I have wondered about having the metalwork removed but worry about making it worse.
I broke mine 2 years ago. Spiral break of the tibia, plus fibula and ankle. Surgery to insert pins, plates and rod (up inside of tibia). I thought the aches and pains would never go - in particular the feeling that I'd been kicked in the shin on regular occasions. I'm not 100% yet, in that I can't kneel (pin just under the kneecap) or run (no great loss, to be honest), but pretty much everything else is OK now. They won't ever remove the metal work, unless it starts causing (extreme) problems. Have just finally got rid of all the excess pounds I put on in the months when I couldn't move!
My brother had extensive metal work done in around 20 years ago after a bad car accident, when things were less sophisticated than now. He's had a lot of problems and is currently undergoing removal of some (for the second time) and 2 knee replacements (after knee plate had new bone growth attached to it). The rod in his thigh actually broke inside his leg! (but in fairness, we're talking many years ago!) He has massive great scars all over, like zips, on his arms and legs. I have the tiniest neat and tidy little white marks, that have almost disappeared after two years.