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Broke my Femur May 7, 2010. Still can't even jog!

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  • Posted By: tomboofon
  • January 18, 2011
  • 07:11 AM

My accident happened on May 7th, 2010. I was going to work sitting in the passenger seat. We were about 30 seconds away from work, when the driver of the car that I was in lost control where we then hit a transport truck head on. The engine was pushed back, which made the glove box push back which snapped my femur in more the one piece. I have no memory from the accident, this is what I been told. I was air-lifted to hospital because I had no vital signs. I was unconscious for 4 days in ICU. The 5th day when I woke up, I was told what happened and had no memory of having surgery or seeing my family in ICU. My recovery is going roughly. I have a titanium bar in my leg from my hip to my knee with two screws. I have full extension after a couple months of work. I see my OT once a week, physiotherapy, psychologist all once a week. Its been 8 months and I still can't even jog. My knee feels like its going to give out. I wondering how long a recovery like this may take, if anyone went through what im dealing with now who can share there story and recovery process. My life in on hold which isn't good. Im 23 years of age, very active with sports before my accident. It's really hard to focus on anything right now. I do a lot of biking with my OT which is great, but the pain of jogging is unbearable. Anyone can share there stories or some advice on a recovery plan, ie. activities to do other then biking and the gym? That would be great.

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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. Running after a femur fracture is not an easy activity to return to. You mentioned you see your physio once a week. How often are you doing your leg strengthening exercises? You should be doing weights three times a week. I would also highly recommend you do a lot of lateral hip strengthening (hip abductors). These muscles are very important with overall stability of the leg. Outside of that.....continue to do your strength training exercises. The bike is OK but will not build strength. Hope this helps. ~JTrempe PT, ATChttp://www.joint-pain-solutions.com
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