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Broken tibia, spinal fracture, lifting heavy weights a problem ?

Hi, I am an infantryman in the USMC and I broke my tibia , a spiral fracture 7 weeks ago. And have 2 months of light duty according to the doctor. How likely is it that I won t be able to carry the heavy weight required for my job? Because I don t want to cause further injury to myself after recovery. I trust the docs expertise but I d like an outside opinion.
Asked On : Fri, 4 May 2012
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1. Spiral fracture of long bone of lower limb at this age needs surgery for speedy recovery. If undisplaced, it can be immobilised in cast for 6-8 weeks but knee stiffness can occur, which might complicate a good functional return and delay weight bearing,
2. If you have undergone surgery and fracture was fixed by intramedullary nail - you can bear weight and start your routine activities by this time, after getting checked how your fracture is healing by a repeat Xray of your leg,
3. Plating of your fracture still requires guarded weight bearing and light activities for say 2 months then depending upon your fracture healing you can start your activities.
4. Once your fracture heals by 4-5 months you can carry all activities.
5. I would advise you to follow an orthopaedician opinion depending on the pattern of fracture healing.
Answered: Thu, 10 May 2012
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