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Dr. Mark - How long should I wait to ride after breaking my tibia?

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Just wondering what the realistic time frame is for jumping back on my bike?

I compounded my tibia on October 28 and had a rod inserted down my leg.

I know I have a ways to go, but my physical therapist told me I shouldn't ride

for at least 6 months. That sounds like a long time away. My race season starts

mid-February.... is that realistic?

This pic was taken on the 29th after surgery.

The rod is inside my tibia and is screwed just above my ankle.

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Here's my full story http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showpost.php?p=10823738&postcount=15

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when you should ride is based on your strength, endurance and the presence of healing of the fracture. It would be good to post the X-ray

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when you should ride is based on your strength, endurance and the presence of healing of the fracture. It would be good to post the X-ray

I'll see about posting X-Rays next Tuesday when my doc takes them.

Thanks!

Nick

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when you should ride is based on your strength, endurance and the presence of healing of the fracture. It would be good to post the X-ray

Here's my X-Ray at 6 weeks. It will be 10 weeks by this Friday (Jan 6).

I feel like my progress has been going well since I got cleared to put weight on

my leg. I'm completely off pain killers, can ride the stationary bike as long as I

want, and can walk on it fairly well with out crutches.

I'm thinking of shooting to ride at the end of the month, but I don't want to push

it.

What do you think, Dr. Mark?

Thanks in advance.

Nick

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Not likely. Why not post a new X-ray? This is like reading an old newspaper.

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Not likely. Why not post a new X-ray? This is like reading an old newspaper.

Those were my last X Rays my doctor took. Hopefully he takes some new ones

next week.

I should have posted them earlier, I know.

My doctor is really hard to talk to. I think he knows his stuff, but he has no

personality and doesn't really give me a whole lot of info regarding recovery.

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Sounds like most ortho doctors.

I must have gotten lucky then. The ortho that fixed my clavical was way cool, and very down to earth.

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