Fracture femur & pelvis please help!!!

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Hi Everyone,

I was in a ATV accident on April 25,2015.

broke my pelvis and femur. I had surgery on both my femur and pelvis, it has been 6 months since the accident. Im currently walking with no assistance but limping.I have been attending PT for about 3 months and havent noticed a difference. i know everyone is different but wondering how long until i walk normal? what can I do to stop limping ? PLEASE HELP question

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    I wish we could help, but honestly there is not much we can say. As you know, everyone is different, and it will take different amounts of time to walk normally again. It has only been 6 months since the accident and you have only being doing PT for 3 months. I think the fact that you are walking unaided now is fantastic considering the damage that was done.

    There is a small chance that you will never be able to walk completely normally again, but to give yourself the best possible chance and regain as much motion as possible, just follow yout PT's advice. Make sure you are doing the exercises you are given to do at home as often as you were told to, and make sure you are getting the right amount of exercise in without overdoing it at all.

    If you push yourself too hard you are more likely to do serious damage, so take things slow and steady and keep doing what you are already doing.

    Speak to your physiotherapist as they may have a better idea of when you can expect to beat the limp. x

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    You don't say if you're using a crutch? I'm in the same situation and 8 months on I use one crutch. I limp without it and the physio told me not to walk unaided as it will damage my leg and may affect my walk.
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    I am 69 and slipped over in the garden 18 months ago and fractured my femur.  I had an operation the next day where a titanium rod and screws were inserted.  The day after that I was told to do full weight bearing walking and started with a walking frame and left hospital a week later with two sticks.  Within two weeks I was off the strong painkillers mainly because they had started to give me nightmares, a side effect of co-codamol apparently.  After about three months I was off the sticks and at seven months was told the bone was completely healed but I still had a slight limp, some days worse than others for some reason.  I believe that my broken leg is slghtly longer than the other leg which may be the problem, it's certainly causing me to have corns on the broken side that I'd never had before, probably due to the uneven gait.  (I heard about someone else who had broken their leg and theirs were two different lengths as well)

    I am amazed that some people are told to do physio therapy, I was never told to do anything like that, just to walk on it as it helped the bone heal quicker but perhaps it depends on your weight as I am slighly underweight.  Everyone is different I suppose but I can't understand why 8 months after a fracture hipster1982 is still using one crutch which must make "normal" walking harder.   It's surprising what a difference there is in the advice that is given.

    A problem that I had been having since the operation was that I was feeling a grinding and crunching at my hip and knee which was caused by the screws sticking out and causing the tendons to flick over the ends of the screws.  Seven weeks ago I had the screws removed but the rod was left in and I  felt an immediate improvement so it was well worth the day in hospital and would recommend it to anyone with screw problems.

    Regarding the limping, I found that if I concentrate  hard on walking normally I can walk without a limp but if I'm not then the limp comes back.  It also helps to wear good shoes with plenty of support.  Hope this helps.

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      I should've said in my post spindles that I'm on a crutch because I have nerve damage which has weakened my thigh making it hard for me to support myself on my right leg. Having read your post I agree with you, nobody tells you the same thing! One surgeon says one thing, next week someone says another. I know physio does work. I'm proof. I wouldn't even be at the stage I'm at without doing the physio every day. Like you I have been left with one shorter leg but if you go to a good physio they'll assess you and all you need is probably a heel raise in your shoe. They're cheap and easy to fit and they changed my life!
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