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19 Jan 2006

Fractured Femur
I fractured my femur 2 months ago and the only activity I was involved in is running which I did almost every day. What sort of rehab progam would you adviise. Lastly, How long does it normally take to be able to walk normally. Thanks.
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rehabilitation after injury

01 Jan 0001

Hi Prince


For fractures, especially of the femur (as it is under constant load), healing time will be approximately 5-6 months. Factors that will affect this healing time will be for example: the type of fracture e.g. simple/compound, mechanism of the injury, area of injury, quality of the bone before the injury and management/rest applied. A progressive overload programme would be most suitable, where the bone is subjected to a low amount of stress initially with long rest periods, then slowly and progressively the intensity of loading is increased with longer duration of exercise as well as greater loads that are applied. If running is the activity that you would like to continue with, I would suggest a water based jogging programme initially to keep your cardiovascular fitness levels up, which would subject your injured leg to low levels of loading. Progressing to a combined walking and water based programme, then over to a combined walking and running programme, and finally back to your initial running mileage. As long as you follow the rule of increasing the intensity no more than 10% per week, you should progress successfully. On the nutrition side of things I advise you to consult a dietician regarding the most optimal supplements to aid in bone repair and to ensure a good quality of bone repair.
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