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Exercises for post Tibia rod removal

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Hey guys two years ago I broke my tibia/fibula snowboarding and had a rod with two screws put in. I just had surgery on November 18th to have the rod removed.  Can anyone tell me some exercises for my leg/knee/ankle to do or web links to show what to do to get me back on the snow? The doctor didnt assign me to PT.   Thanks!

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Do you have insurance for PT? If you are agreeable/able to go and you can find a PT who is into sports (particularly boarding, if that is your goal), you should ask your doctor for an order. All he/she has to do is write an order for "Evaluate and treat", and most docs are pretty agreeable to that (heck, it's your buck!). Then when you go for your first appt., the PT will evaluate you and tell you what kind of strengthening/conditioning plan they would like to work out for you (such as, they would like to see you once a week for four weeks, or whatever), and YOU can tell THEM if perhaps you are limited in insurance benefits/funds and maybe you can only afford to see them a couple of times. . . . OR perhaps instead that you would like to see them for many visits. . . . At the initial appt. they might be able to give you a couple of exercises to start off, and will likely schedule your remaining visits(s) to work on more exercises. If for some reason all you can afford (because things aren't cheap these days, even with insurance) is to go to the initial "eval" appt., often an understanding PT will try to give you some good ideas of things to work on on your own. Or maybe you won't even need much to work on.


Depending on what they find when they evaluate you, and what insurance dictates for your specific problem will give them an idea of how many visits you might need to meet your mutual goal. But don't be afraid to say what you can/can't afford in terms of number of visits. Most PTs are very reasonable in terms of working with you on scheduling/frequency (and insurance will certainly do its part to make sure that the PT services are not over-used).


I am a big PT devotee due to my many orthopedic challenges over the years - if you find a good one who "gets" what you want to do, it is priceless. 


That being said, I wonder if there is any reason why the surgeon did not recommend PT. I am guessing that the surgeon knows that you are an athlete and are not just living a sedentary life? Did he/she give you any indication when it would be okay to go back to boarding, and are there any restrictions? Maybe you are such a healthy specimen that all you need is a little home conditioning - which is what you are asking for, anyway!


Good luck!


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