A pelvic fracture is defined as one or more breaks (fractures) of the bones comprising the pelvis. This is a serious condition that requires immediate care from your doctor.
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Symptoms of a pelvic fracture include:
- Pelvic pain
- Pain upon walking, or inability to walk
You may have other injuries such as other broken bones or damage to your liver, kidneys, or other internal organs—especially if your fracture is caused by a motor vehicle accident. These other injuries can increase your risk of death. They may cause blood loss inside your abdomen (internal bleeding) that may leave too little blood available for pumping to the heart, brain, and other important parts of the body (a condition called “shock”). The pelvic fracture itself causes significant blood loss.
You and/or your family should talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. A pelvic fracture is a serious injury that may be complicated by injuries to other parts of your body. Treatment first focuses on stopping any internal or external bleeding caused by your accident, then on the diagnosis and treatment of both the pelvic fracture and any associated injuries.
Many people need surgery to repair their pelvic fractures or other injuries. Blood transfusions and antibiotics may be part of the early care. Early fracture stabilization, bedrest, and appropriate physical therapy and other rehabilitation care are very important to making a good recovery, which will usually take months.
If you are diagnosed with a pelvic fracture, follow your doctor's