Fixing or Correcting Bow Legs in Adults is possible. However, it’s not easy.
Bones of an adult are at its fullest potential. Trying to straighten it out is an arduous task. But not impossible.
In this post, I reveal three ways through which any adult can straighten their bow legs.
Note: Please don’t expect a magic pill. It takes a couple of months to a year for significant improvements.
How to Correct Bow Legs in Adults
There are 3 ways through which an adult can fix their bow legs. They are:
- Fixing bow legs through Surgery
- Correcting bow legs through braces & belts and
- Correcting bow legs through exercises
Each method has its pros and cons.
For example, surgery is fast, expensive, and carries a risk of surgery going wrong.
The second and third are natural but takes time.
Now, I will delve into detail about each method and how you can opt for any or all of them.
Correcting Bow Legs with Surgery
Surgery is an excellent option. It can fix your bow legs in less than a couple of hours.
However, you will require 3 to 6 months of rest. And it’s mandatory to wear braces until your doctor says so.
The cost of surgery is anywhere from $4000 to $6000. Some hospitals might charge more. It really depends upon the severity of bow legs.
Importantly, it needs 3 months interval to operate between legs.
The surgery is known as Tibial Osteotomy.
The below video shows a pictorial representation of surgery.
In this surgery, an incision is made over your knee. Then the knee is cut and extended or shortened to correct bow leg.
Note: The cutting of knee changes according to the bow legs condition. Your doctor will explain the detailed procedure after looking at your condition.
Later, a plate is inserted along the sides of your leg. This ensures your leg remains straight.
The plate is drilled onto your upper thigh or knee and on the lower leg.
Finally, bone grafts are inserted in the place where knee bones are separated. The grafts allows the knee bone to grow and tighten over time.
Incision is closed and stitched.
Caring for Your Leg After Surgery
Surgery is the easiest part. Resting part is crucial.
You will require at least 3 months of rest. Of course, you will wear braces.
You cannot live an active life until healing is completed.
It is vital for the knee cap to recuperate after surgery. Any impact or high pressure could dislocate and cause damage.
During the entire rest period medication is a must.
Risk of Surgery
Although surgery is the best option, it has a risk.
There is always a small chance of surgery going wrong.
Some doctors, while operating on the knee, fail to bring a straight posture. Worst, they make the leg distorted and the patient has to go another surgery to correct the mistake.
Therefore, it is better to try natural methods (mentioned below) before opting for surgery.
Correcting Bow Legs Through Braces and Belts
Belts and braces are another way of correcting bow legs.
It consists of three belts worn together. One belt for lower thigh, the other for knee and third for the calf.
The belt or brace must be worn while lying down or resting. Best time would be while sleeping.
These braces work by compressing your bow legs. Therefore, you must tighten them belt while wearing.
However, care must be taken not to tighten the belt too much. Tightening the belt will lead to poor blood circulation and this will do more damage than good.
Taking the guidance of a physician while wearing these belts is recommended.
It can take anywhere between six months to a year to see significant results.
Since this method works by compressing your legs it will take time for your bones to give way.
Note: Once a month or few weeks, keep tightening the belt.
Pros of Using Belts and Braces
It is not invasive. The cost is cheap and moreover, you have no trouble wearing them.
You can wear these while watching TV, reading books or just taking time to yourself while sitting on the couch.
In time, your bones will straighten and remain the same.
Hence, its a permanent solution.
It takes time to see significant results.
Though six months to a year is the average duration to see results, it can take longer for some individuals.
But there is one way to increase effectiveness of belts and braces.
And that is ….
Correcting Bow Legs through Exercises:
Exercise for correcting bow legs is a great method.
In fact, I recommend exercises first to all of my patients.
It is non invasive, natural and works better than any other solution.
Only when a patient doesn’t see results with exercise do I recommend surgery.
Exercises for bow legs are the only and best permanent treatment. They target the underlying problem of bone deformity.
However, doing them is not so easy.
If you can find a physiotherapist therapist locally, seek their help.
If you can’t, no problem, I have created a blog post with videos on exactly what exercises to do and how to do them.
It’s very informational and will help you greatly in reducing your bow leg condition or even treating it permanently.
Click here to visit the page with a list of exercises for bow legs corrections.
To conclude, bow legs are treatable. Try non-invasive solutions like braces and exercises. If you still can’t help your situation then surgery is the final option. But be prepared to rest for at least six months before you could return to normal life.