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A tibial fracture can mean a long recovery

Perhaps you had a clumsy childhood and ended up with your arm in a cast. Maybe you played sports in high school and suffered your share of breaks and sprains. The pain and frustration of those injuries may not compare to what you are suffering following the workplace or motor vehicle accident that left you with a tibial fracture.

Your tibia is the bone that connects the knee and the ankle. This large bone supports most of your body weight. You may call it your shinbone. A fracture of your tibial shaft, which is the center section of the bone, can be significant for many reasons.

What can you expect as you recover?

Not only are your bones a little older than they were in high school, which may mean your leg will take longer to heal, but you may not have the luxury to lie in bed for weeks or longer during the healing process. Typically, a healthy tibia is strong and durable, which means it takes a significant blow to cause a break in this area. If you fell at work or were involved in a car accident, fracturing the thick, hollow shaft of your tibia means you are looking at a long, painful recovery.

The pain was probably excruciating to begin with, and doctors may have speculated you had broken your tibia shaft based on you level of pain, swelling and bruising in the area. You may also have found it impossible to put any weight on your leg. If x-rays confirmed the break, you may have undergone one of the following treatments:

  • A long leg cast extending from the top of your foot up to your mid-thigh
  • The insertion of a surgical rod secured with metal screws to maintain the alignment of the bone while it healed
  • A plate with screws if your injury was closer to the knee or ankle
  • The application of an external fixator to stabilize your leg if it suffered too much damage for the insertion of rods or plates

You can expect to have your movements and activities restricted for at least three months, likely longer. After that, you will probably need several additional months of physical therapy to regain the mobility and strength of your leg.

Can you afford to take as long as nine months off work while you recover from your injury? If the answer is no, you may be concerned about how you will meet your financial obligations during this time. Consulting with a Texas attorney is one way to examine the options available for seeking compensation for your injuries.

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