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    08-01-2013, 11:14 AM
Healing time for broken leg

So about two weeks ago I was riding Rusty bareback on the brand new pavement that they just had layed to go to a neighbors house. I had to ride on the pavement for just a short bit to get over to a patch of grass where I could ride the rest of the way, and in that short time I believe Rusty spooked (I honestly don't remember) and he got his legs all tangled up underneath him and he slipped. We slipped pretty much together, and we hit the pavement together (I love my helmet <3) His 900 pounds on my leg. Ahha, cars were coming so I dragged myself to the ditch and the cars stop and called the ambulance. I unzipped my tall boots, so they didnt have to cut them off, but unfortunately they had to cut off my breeches I ended up breaking both bones in my leg, the tibia and fibula, and a piece of the fibula was popping out. I got surgery and got a rod and 4 screws in my leg. I had a doctors appointment Monday and they said I wasnt allowed to bend my knee or weight bear for another 4 weeks. They also said I most likely wont be able to ride for 6 months.. Whut? I thought 3 months was about normal? So, to the point - Has anyone had any similar experience with breaking these bones? How long did it take to heal until you can ride again? I want it to heal thoroughly before I start normal activities, so I don't have problems later down life but 6 months seems rather long, or no? If it takes 6 months then alright, Itll take 6 months, but I would like to hear if any of you have any experience with this
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    08-01-2013, 11:18 AM
I broke 9 rib bones and they still arent healed. Simple and easy answer is stay at home rest for months and don't do any weight lifting and only see your horse when its in its stall and pet it from the opposite side. Staying away from any other potential accidents is a must!
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    08-01-2013, 11:46 AM
Originally Posted by BlueDiamonds218    
I broke 9 rib bones and they still arent healed. Simple and easy answer is stay at home rest for months and don't do any weight lifting and only see your horse when its in its stall and pet it from the opposite side. Staying away from any other potential accidents is a must!
I crutched outside to see Rusty a few days ago... I miss my pony :( I've heard broken ribs hurt like heck, sending broken rib healing vibes. How long have they been broken?
    08-01-2013, 12:20 PM
Oh man that's no fun at all! I'm glad you had a helmet on and it wasn't any worse than what it was!! As far as your question it probably depends on the person. My lovely boyfriend (whom I love dearly but needs to be more careful) fell out off the dairy barn roof, slipped and landed in a skidloader bucket (im serious it happend!) back in May. They put him in a cast and 6 weeks later he was out of it and walking but they told him to take it easy because it was still really fragile. Well he didn't take it easy and ended up re breaking it loading hay in July. So he has another 6 weeks. So my best advice would be to follow the doctors instructions so you don't end up with a bigger problem than what you have now!
On a good note though, 2 years ago my dad slipped and fell and crushed his ankle. Had to go through surgery and get 4 screws and a plate in it. He was only laid off for 8 weeks (but he took care of it good for those 8 weeks) and went back to work after that. Of course he didn't do anything too crazy for about a year afterwards but he was still able to do work and lift heavy objects. So take good care of it and it may not take that long! But I do reccomend to take a lot of calcium and/or drink a lot of milk and dairy if possible. This time around my boyfriend has been taking calcium and something else and it's only been 3 weeks and he's already walking on it.
Sorry for the long post, but I hope you heal up soon!!
    08-01-2013, 01:32 PM
Definitely follow doctors orders Missy!

Breaking just one bone in your leg is rough, but both is going to set you back. Rest, recover, repeat. Let your bones heal correctly the first time. If you rush things, you'll do more damage then good and be back to square one before you know it.

6 Months isn't so bad.
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    08-01-2013, 02:17 PM
Just follow the docs orders and you'd be surprised! If you take it easy you don't have to worry about re-injuring it or anything else going wrong! ;) I haven't broken those bones but I recently fractured my knee (practically shattered it), and ripped ligaments and the surgeons estimate it'll be 1-4 years before I can ride/walk normal again. I think your doctors correct with his time estimate! Just spend time with your horse on the ground (that's what I'm doing lol) Good luck and get well soon!
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    08-01-2013, 03:03 PM
I agree with CLaPorte, I'd follow the drs orders, as difficult as that is. With it being both bones in the lower leg, riding and putting any pressure on newly mended bone (before it really hardens) can cause the bone to deform and then you'd be in a whole new world of trouble.
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    08-01-2013, 03:22 PM
So sorry to hear that, Gallop! Wishing you fast recovery! And in this particular case I'd definitely wait as long as doctor advices. Bones are important, it's always best to give them time to heal!
    08-01-2013, 03:32 PM
Gallop im going on 6 months now, and tomorrow im going into surgery to have injections under the ribs to reduce the pain.
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    08-01-2013, 03:33 PM
I was thrown in 2004 and I had a clean break in my RH humerous, no complications, no bones sticking out. The problem with getting metal in your leg is that you will THINK you are fully healed before you are. It will take 6 months for the bones to heal so that they can support your weight, and your muscles will atrophy in that time, so probably 9 months IF you start working those muscles vigorously for the last 3 months.
Pay attention to your doctor and don't make your healing longer by stressing the bones too soon.
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