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        08-04-2013, 02:02 AM
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    Am sorry this happened to you, I do find that Drs tell you the max time, which is often based on people who don't deal well.

    For sure listen to your Dr, but then listen to yourself too. You will hurt yourself more by doing little, when you usually do a lot. And it will be a longer recovery time.

    Just judge it based on how you feel, and think. Obviously, two weeks in, then no, but a month in, if you feel ok. I think you can try, as long as you are willing to stop if it's too much.
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        08-04-2013, 11:30 AM
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    I broke my femur and my hip (bigger bones so longer healing process, although both of mine completely shattered istead of sticking out).
    I was in surgery for 15 hours and in the hospital for four months. I got the clear start doing light exercises about mid-April (biking, swimming, etc) and got the "You can ride, just don't get bucked off" about mid-may.
    I still DEFINITELY feel it - I can't ride for long. I have a hard time walking long distances still. I can't use a push mower for a long time. I get sore still sitting in a car for hours on end. I still can't jog because I feel it in throughout my bottom pins (through my femur above my knee, not in my hip) and, of all things, where they did traction (THAT is an interesting process!).
    Even once the bones are healed, you're still going to feel it and probably have to do some physiotherapy.
    So all in all it's been nine months since my accident and there's still a bunch of stuff I can't do - you'll probably heal quicker then I did just due to the size and type of bone - but it's going to be months. Listening to the surgeon was one of the toughest things (And, I admit, I didn't ALWAYS do it - I was walking without my walker/cane when I wasn't supposed to be - reason my some recurring pain??! Lol ) but they definitely know what they are talking about in this situtation. 6 months sound about accurate, with physio and all.
    Happy healing! I was rather miserable for the first three months!
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        08-04-2013, 11:32 AM
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    You see riding MAYBE OK, but falling could be a disaster, don't rush it
    And that's why my surgeon told me "You can ride, don't get bucked off."
    Really... LOL I'm riding HORSES, not a Merry-Go-Round, I can't ALWAYS help it.
         
        08-04-2013, 12:10 PM
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    The worst thing about broken bones is that the pain with them can last for years and years. I shattered my arm 20 years ago and still have pain from it.
         
        08-05-2013, 10:45 AM
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    We need to keep in mind with fractures and the repair is how many nerve paths are damaged as are muscles and tendons. The bones heal yet much of the after affects are because of tissue damage. Follow doctor's orders to the letter and ask about physio. Most of the exercises can be done at home to help strengthen the muscles. Strong muscles help support the bones.
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        09-06-2013, 02:31 PM
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    Update-

    Two Mondays ago I went in for a doctors appoint, the doctor told me it had healed about two times as fast as they expected! The best news I had heard since the accident. She told me I could start walking, and bending my leg again. Two weeks later, I've been walking all around the house (a little limping involved..) with just a normal shoe on with basically no pain (I tried a walking boot. Uhh, no. That thing made it about 10 times harder to walk. The little "rocker" on the bottom made it If I didnt step right it would rock me forward suddenly and quickly and snap my knee. And walking outside with rocks/uneven ground was literally impossible) My knee is still EXTREMELY stiff and sore. I really can't even get it in a sitting position yet, and its been two weeks! I don't know whether I should push through the pain and bend the darned thing, or if the pain is telling me not to bend it more...? My other problem is my ankle... Its swollen, to a great scale, and if Im walking any longer than about 5 minutes it turns a lovely shade of a deep reddish/purple. If its down more than about a hour it starts hurting. I've tried elevating and ice, to no avail. I plan on trying to ride this month, but I have NO idea how I will ever be able to fit a tall boot on with my cankle, and how Ill mount this is a never ending mess. The doctor made it seem like I didnt need a physical therapist, but Im wondering if Ill ever be able to bend my knee past a sitting position... But, Im really just happy that I have the freedom of walking around again.
         
        09-06-2013, 03:22 PM
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    Even if the doctor says that you don't "need" physical therapy, I'd highly recommend it. They can help a great deal, and while your body tells you a lot you need to know about whether or not you should do something, a physical therapist will be able to tell you when its a good idea to push past it a little, and get things moving, and when to rest up so you don't damage anything any worse than it was from the accident. I did physical therapy for my shoulder and knee, and while I still have issues, and ultimately quit doing the therapy, it really did help improve my range of motion, and teach me what pain is a "don't do any more" and which pain is a "its stretching out properly so just go slowly".

    Just something I do with any horse I have, I always teach them (and of course practice for myself) mounting from both sides, and dismounting from both sides, so if I ever have a problem, and need to do the opposite of "normal", neither the horse nor I are fazed at all. I also put the saddle on from the opposite side as well sometimes, just so its not a new thing to them, and if I ever have someone come riding that does things "wrong", its not a huge deal, I just show them the correct way, and there's no drama. Sending you wishes for complete recovery, and I hope for the best news sooner rather than later.
    You never mentioned, was your horse okay after spooking on the concrete?
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        09-06-2013, 03:30 PM
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    I second the PT, waiting for an appointment to get my shoulder moving again here, and I want someone to help me hands on to decide when to push through the pain, and when to back off.

    Best advice though, if it hurts don't do it
         
        09-06-2013, 03:46 PM
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    My next doctors appointment is on the 23rd, and maybe the doctor was giving me a month to see if I could do it? I don't know. If I'm not at LEAST being able to bend my knee a few degrees past sitting position by the appointment I will be asking for a physical therapist. I am also going to start swimming, and see if that helps at all.

    I think that is the hardest part of bending it, the fact that I don't know if I'm hurting things in their or if I'm just stretching them. I would like to think I could push past the pain if I knew it was not damaging anything in their.

    I mount from both sides on rusty too, he has no problem whatsoever with doing it, thankfully. I'm just wondering how difficult pulling myself up and swinging my leg over will be... And dismounting...Haha. Thankfully he is short. ;) He hasn't been rode in nearly two months, so he's going to be a little... Hot when I start riding again, which is abit of a bummer. The slip didn't do anything to him at all, not even a scratch, thank god.
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        09-06-2013, 03:52 PM
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    When I tore the tendon in my shoulder (small potatoes to a veteran like you, OP), I took physio at my doctor's insistence. I am so glad I did. I know the sessions and the homework (exercises) were directly responsible for getting my shoulder flexible again. So, at least try to get into an appointment or two if for nothing else to get some exercises to do and some tricks to manage your pain better.
         

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