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Breaking your shinbone, or tibia, is painful and involves a long recovery period and some physical therapy, but there are things you can do to help the healing process. Since your tibia fracture is stable, or nondisplaced, you will not need surgery. Instead, a cast will keep your bone immobile while it heals and new bone forms. Here are three tips for recovering from a stable tibia fracture:
Be Diligent About Physical Therapy
Your orthopedic surgeon will refer you to a physical therapist near the end of your time wearing a cast or boot. Your physical therapist will help you come up with a recovery plan based on your current range of motion, flexibility, and general fitness. It is extremely important that you attend all sessions of physical therapy and also perform your daily physical therapy exercises at home.
During the long weeks spent in a cast, your injured leg, as well as the hamstrings, glutes, and other muscles on the affected side of your body have likely weakened significantly. The unaffected side of your body may also be mildly injured due to over-use, especially if you have gotten into the habit of hopping on that foot. Physical therapy will strengthen your muscles and help with your gait so that you can walk normally after your recovery and avoid long-term pain.
Use a Knee Scooter
Another great way to help your recovery is to invest in a knee scooter. This allows you to easily glide around your house without putting too much stress on your "good" leg. Crutches can be very tiring, and in some cases can lead to falls, while a knee scooter is safe and easy to use. Make sure to get one with a basket, so you can easily bring drinks and other items from room to room.
Take Care of Your Body
Recovering from a broken bone is hard work, and your body needs all the help and healing power it can get. Focus on eating a clean and nutrient-rich diet as often as possible to provide your body with what it needs to heal. Avoid alcohol, excessive caffeine, and smoking, as these can all detract from or slow down your healing. You may find that you are very tired while recovering, which is normal. Make sure you get all the sleep you need, as a lot of healing takes place while you are asleep.
Following these tips will help your recovery process along, and mean that you are back to comfortably walking without crutches before you know it.