Broken Tibia/Fibula

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  1. robmachado23

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    Unfortunatly, I have just suffered a broken Fibula and Tibula. It happened during a basketball practice. My question is, what can i do for rehab once it gets out of the cast. Also what are some other exercises/wieght lifting things that you can do while having an almost full leg cast? Thank you and all help is appreciated :)
     
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  2. lilminihorse

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    what's a tibula?
     
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  3. robmachado23

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    The tibula and fibula are two bones in your lower leg. The tibia is the thick one, the fibula is the skinny one.
     
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  4. lilminihorse

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    I'm just messing with you.. go back and read what you just wrote
     
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  5. Rickson

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    Sorry to hear that. Get ready for some intense itchiness during the healing process. Did the bone snap or was it a hairline fracture? The former is a lot more serious and happens often to Muay Thai fighters, but you'll be glad to know that just about everyone makes a full recovery. Try some calf raises both seated and standing when you're out of your cast. You can also put a light dumbbell on top of your foot and flex upward. Good luck with the recovery.
     
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  6. Rickson

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    Yeah sure tibia.
     
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    Well it has been about 2 weeks with the cast. Another 4-6 to go. I go to the doctors on Tuesday, so hopefully I can hear some good news. I also have another question. How long will the rehab for this take before I can be in tennis shape? Because my high school tennis season starts in 5-6 weeks and I would love to be able to play most of the season. Thank you all so much for your help! :) :) :)
     
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    Remember the reciprocity principle. Athletes who continued to work their good leg -- while the break was healing on the bad leg -- experienced much less atrophy.

    How'd you do that, anyway?

    - KK
     
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  9. robmachado23

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    I broke it at my high school basketball practice. I slid into get the ball, ran into an opposing player, and bam.
     
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  10. CAM178

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    How bad were the frx's (fractures)? Tib/Fib is a very common frx. They usually go together. Tib & femoral (femur) frx's are awful, because they are the only 2 load-bearing bones in the body.

    Did they put a nail in the tib, and plate & screw the fib? Or did they just screw the fib?
     
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    The good news was they didnt need to open my leg up. They said that all they needed to do was put me under to straighen the bones.
     
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    AHHH No tennis and physio! Get well soon!
     
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  13. Vik

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    Must not have been a full break. When I had mine, they gave me the option of 6 months in a cast (which might fix it - doctors words) or surgery. I took the surgery and was walking in two months. However it took 18 months before the pain stopped bothering me when running.
     
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  14. robmachado23

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    Well tomorrow is the big day. From the surgery, I had a full leg cast for a month. I then had a cast up to my knee, but cut down in the back so I could bend it. Tomorrow they will take it off and do some X-rays to see how it looks. I am really hoping that I will be able to walk( or more limp ) out of the doctors. My high school tennis season starts in 2 weeks, so I am hoping to only miss a couple weeks of the season. Our team will be very good this year, and I play a high varsity position so I am hoping to have a speedy recovery. Thanks to all who gave great advice:)
     
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    Glad the recovery's going well. Your leg must have been itching like crazy. Any time you have a fracture, the healing site experiences intense itchiness.
     
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