Originally Posted by chiroeurope
May I ask what type of fracture? As in where in your leg you broke it (upper leg - femur, lower leg tibia/fibia fracture) Just wondering as the type of fracture, age of patient and a few other issues can dictate which types of physio/rehab' are best for the person. I hope it heals fully and you are able to get back to sailing soon with your family.
I am also a brit but been living in southeast asia since 2001/. Both the fibia and tibia were broken or fractured, the lower part of the bone was sticking up through the skin. In the philippines it is common practice to put a brace on the leg by pinning it. The ortho wanted to place a steel rod through the bone, but coz of several cycling and ski accidents there was'nt enough room. My leg is almost a steel junk yard already. The ortho said the bone density was poor - osteoporosis ?
they kept the brace on for three months but had to remove coz of continual infections were the pins were screwed into the bone, so they put on a cast, and its still on six weekls later - at a daily and night temperature never dipping below 30 C its gets like an electric blanket surrounding the leg.
I am going to take it off this week, and had my friendly sail maker make up a sturdy canvas splint reiinforced with bamboo sticlks. - bit like the joc\key in the movie Seabiscuit.
I am 60 years old, drink and smoke too much.
hows Scotland. My brother lives in Dumbarton and has a Westerly 35ft on the Clyde. We used to make lots of voyages to Rohesay, Mull and the Western Isles - Beautiful country apart from the weeather.
When there is a window of opportunity we will be heading to the Solomons - and Oz. about 2 weeks sailing from here.