/ Climbing after a broken leg and recovery!
I'm partial weight bearing at the moment and have a long way to go. 3 more months and I should be doing most things, but no climbing until the bone is fully healed which should take 12-18mths is what I've been told! And don't worry I'll do as I'm told, but hoping the doc will let me do indoor traversing sooner! I discovered climbing late, have only been doing it for 2 years, so was never that great at it but I can't imagine life without it!
I had an upper Femur spiral fracture in January of this year which also needed to be pinned and plated. I would say if you were to wait the whole 13 months, you'll be driving yourself absolutely crazy!
The moment I was off the crutches I was doing easy traversing, and about 8 months after my accident i was doing routes like Tower Ridge. I'm not saying this is the the way you should go about your recovery but just base your climbing around how you feel with the leg, obviously don't go jumping off some highball boulder problems but just take it easy to keep your psyche. I'd say one of the most important people to get advice from and listen to is your physio, see how they feel about you doing some easy traversing further down the line.
I did almost exactly the same thing in January of this year, and now I'm back climbing harder than before the break.
I was top roping after about 5 months, because you don't take much impact at all. It took me longer to get back to bouldering or leading because I wanted to make sure everything was healed completely. As soon as I got the all clear from the doc to put all my weight on it I was back to it.
Make sure you go to the physio and get exercises for strengthening your leg up again, if you haven't used it for a while you'll have lost a lot.
I broke my femur rather messily a couple of years ago and while I was climbing (badly) after 6 months, its taken till now to get back to some kind of form.
One thing I would advise is to not neglect your flexibility while you are recovering. I still can't sit cross legged and a lot of moves like mantel shelves cause me huge problems if they are on my bad side.
If anything try snd take something positive from the accident - take the time to recover fully and maybe try and enjoy working your way back through the grades, or really work on your technique as you get back into it.
Iím going to be scared sh*tless, but know the sooner I can get climbing in any shape or form the better it will be. I love the idea that I could be top roping in the spring. Youíve helped inspired me out of a lazy rut. Iíll be working on my upper body and my diet tomorrow! Iíve been eating lots of bone friendly broccoli, fish etc but also a lot of Xmas dinners and treats. Iíll need an elephant to belay me if Iím not careful!
The only thing holding me back now is creeping age!!! Good luck with the recovery
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