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Hi everyone!! Super exciting news!! After six weeks post-ORIF surgery I am in a small brace and walking 100% on my own!! Was also cleared to start cheerleading practice the first week of January and compete nationally the third week! I broke my fibula pretty bad on October 23rd and had ORIF surgery on October 31st. After about 2-2 1/2 weeks of non-weight bearing, I began to slowly start putting weight on my broken leg due to a pretty bad sprain to my good ankle (I'm a mess lol). To be clear I also did quite a bit of scholarly research where they found weight bearing as tolerated after ORIF was perfectly safe and actually made the healing process faster/smoother. I became very comfortable doing this and found it to be less dangerous than using crutches in the Minnesota weather. At my six week checkup (where I was supposed to begin putting partial weight on my leg) they were so impressed with the healing and my range of motion/lack of pain that they let be done with the boot! In the beginning this seemed like such a long recovery and I was SO surprised when they let me walk out of there with a small brace and no physical therapy. Within 9 weeks after my surgery I will be back on the cheerleading mat doing what I love (also what broke my leg in the first place lol). I just wanted to share my story to give hope to others (especially athletes hoping to return to their sport/activity!!). The recovery process is so important and I was so surprised with how fast this went by for me! Anyone have a similar experience ??
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