Pelvic Fracture

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Last Medical Review: March 28, 2020
Medically Reviewed by Dr. David Costa Navarro
Pelvic fracture (March 28, 2020)
Types of Pelvic Fractures (March 28, 2020)

You can have a pelvic fracture if you fall or are involved in an accident. Usually it is only a crack in the pelvis. It can hurt, but the crack will eventually heal itself without any treatment.

A small case may suffice for you to have pelvic fractures if you have osteoporosis, called osteoporosis. If you do not have osteoporosis, pelvic fractures are usually the result of an accident, for example after a fall from a high altitude or in traffic. In more severe pelvic fractures, several parts of the pelvis may be damaged.

Symptoms

A pelvic fracture makes you feel severe pain at the hip or at the bottom of your back after falling over. It is usually difficult to support one or both legs.

When and where should I seek care?

Pelvic fractures usually do not need treatment, but you may have damaged your back or hip joint.

If you have any of the following symptoms, which may indicate an injury to your back or hip joint, immediately contact a health care center or an on-call clinic:

  • You get a lot of back pain after a fall.
  • You have back pain and also numbness or reduced sensation around the rectum or genital area.
  • You have back pain and also numbness, tingling or weakness in both legs.
  • You have trouble supporting the leg after you fall.

Seek care at an emergency room if it is closed at the health center or on-call reception.

Call telephone number 911 for medical advice. Then you can get help to assess symptoms or help with where you can seek care.

How can I prevent it?

It’s good if you move every day, even if you have osteoporosis. It improves the balance, among other things, which reduces the risk of falling and thus the risk of pelvic fracture.

It’s good to quit smoking. There is help available if needed.

Treatment

A crack in the pelvis eventually heals by itself, but it can take a few months. It is good for the healing to move, even if it hurts. You can take painkillers for the first time to help you move more easily. You may initially need help to cope with everyday life if you are in a lot of pain.

Read more about what mobility aids are available and how to get help.

You may need treatment for osteoporosis if you have the disease.

After a severe pelvic fracture, where the pelvis has suffered major injuries, you may need surgery to help the pelvic bones heal in the correct position. Before such an operation, you are anesthetized with anesthetic.

During the operation, the pelvic legs are put into position by means of one or more metal plates which are screwed into the leg with screws. Often the screws are partially on the outside of the body. Screws and metal plates are sometimes removed with an operation when the bone has healed. Then it is a minor operation.

Influence and participate in your care

You can seek care at any medical center or open specialist clinic you want all over the country.

In order for you to be involved in your care and treatment, it is important that you understands the information you receive by the healthcare staff.

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