About Pelvic Fracture:
A pelvic fracture is a fracturing of the sturdy ring of bones located at the base of the spine. This injury is rare and is mostly caused by forms of high-impact trauma, such as a car collision or a steep fall. It does also occur when a patient has a diagnosis of osteoporosis.
Signs & Symptoms
- Aggravated pain by moving the hip
- Pain when attempting to walk
- Finding one’s self-bending the knee of the affected side to avoid further pain
- Swelling and/or bruising
How is it Treated?
Nonsurgical treatments include walking aids such as crutches or a walker for up to three months as the bone begins its process of healing. If both sides of the pelvis have been fractured, a wheelchair to avoid any extra weight placed on the lower torso is advised. Surgical treatments such as external fixation, skeletal traction, open reduction and internal fixation are recommended if deemed appropriate depending on the specific situation.