With a broken pelvis you cannot walk , sit or move well without pain. The pelvis protects the bladder, intestines and many important blood vessels. Many of the important leg muscles and abdominal muscles attach to the pelvis and allow for body motion and function.
Physical therapy, the use of crutches and, rarely, surgery may be recommended. Healing can take eight to 12 weeks . Severe injuries to the pelvis that involve several breaks can be life-threatening.
Arthritis. The biggest long term complication of a broken pelvis is the development of arthritis. The main reason doctors operate on these fractures is that they know from past experience that if they leave the fractures in a poor position, although they will often heal, arthritis may follow within five years.
Nonsurgical Treatment for Hip & Pelvic Fractures Activity Modification. After a hip or pelvic fracture , your doctor may advise you not to put any weight on the affected hip for six weeks or more. Electronic and Ultrasonic Bone Stimulation. Your doctor may recommend a technique called bone stimulation to help speed bone healing . Physical Therapy. Pain Medication.
The highly trained team of physicians and therapists at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation has helped many people recover from hip and pelvic fractures . Therapies such as heat and ice, massage, acupressure, and acupuncture aid in relieving pain and reducing inflammation after an injury or surgery.
Most pelvic fractures heal on their own. The local tissues in the area of the fracture frequently keep the fracture pieces in order and the bones heal with a little rest and good nutrition.
The typical inpatient stay for acetabular fracture surgery is 7 to 10 days.
Pelvic fracture recovery may involve surgery, prolonged immobilization, or long periods of relative inactivity. Athletes should avoid all sport activities until their pain has resolved.
A stable pelvic fracture is almost always painful . Pain in the hip or groin is usual and is made worse by moving the hip or trying to walk – although walking may still be possible. Some patients find if they try to keep one hip or knee bent this can ease the pain . Other symptoms will vary with the severity.
Seeking compensation for your injury Awards for pelvic injury cases range from $100,000 to over $1 million. The actual value of your case will depend on the unique factors surrounding it, your past and future medical expenses, your past and future lost wages, the pain you suffered and how well your injury heals.
Resting your hip as much as possible allows the bone to heal. You may need to rest in bed for a while so the pelvic bones can heal. If you are not allowed out of bed, ask caregivers if you may exercise one or both of your legs in bed. Exercise may make your legs stronger and may help stop blood clots from forming.
You may have had surgery to repair your pelvis , depending on where it was broken and how bad the break was. Your doctor may have put metal screws, pins, or a rod in your pelvis to fix the break. In some cases, surgery is not needed. While your pelvis heals, you will need to keep weight off the hips.
Take preventive actions to heal a bone fracture faster Prevention is one of the most effective ways to help your body overcome a bone fracture . Consuming 1200-1500 mg of calcium and 800-1000 IU vitamin D can help keep bones strong. You can also seek out foods that contain these key nutrients.
Invest in a specialized pillow, like a body pillow, for elevation—keeping the broken bone above your heart prevents blood from pooling and causing swelling. Try sleeping on your back first while propped up on a few pillows. If that doesn’t work, slowly adjust yourself to a side position if possible.
Good sources: Milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, broccoli, turnip or collard greens, kale, bok choy, soy, beans, canned tuna or salmon with bones, almond milk, and fortified cereals or juice.