ASK THE EXPERT: PELVIC FRACTURES

pelvic fracture

Dr. Allan Inglis Jr., orthopedic surgeon, answers readers’ questions on fractures of the pelvic bone, one of the most serious injuries in his field.

 

Q1. My friend broke her pelvis but wasn’t operated on – just told to rest. What determines if a patient should have surgery or not?

Many pelvic fractures are treated without surgery. Some patients don’t need surgery because the type of fracture (where it is located in the pelvis) is not dangerous, and the fracture is likely to heal of its own accord. There are also fractures that are not severe in that the broken bones are very close together and again are likely to heal on their own. In contrast, a patient may have fractures that are very severe or there may be other severe injuries that require surgery.

Also to consider is that the patient’s health may be too precarious to permit safe completion of an operation. Frequently a patient may not be healthy enough to undergo surgery even though it might be recommended.

Q2. How long is recovery after sustaining a pelvic fracture?

Pelvic fractures usually start to heal about four weeks after the fracture. Some patients may notice less pain as soon as a few days after a fracture, depending on the severity of the fracture, but most patients take pain medication for four to six weeks after the injury.

In terms of activity, patients can be bedbound for days or up to a week. Most patients, however, start transferring to a chair in a couple of days and start getting around the bedside with a walker in another couple of days.

Final resolution of pain and restoration of function can take six to 12 weeks.

Q3. Why do some pelvic fracture patients need more than one surgery?

There are a variety of reasons for multiple surgeries:

  • There may be several different fractures in different areas of the pelvis requiring separate surgical procedures either under one anesthetic or under several anesthetics.
  • The patient may have suffered many injuries and is only able to withstand one operation at a time.
  • Some patients are stabilized after a severe trauma with a smaller operation to save their life and allow comfortable further non-orthopedic life-saving care. When they are sufficiently stabilized they can then return to the operating room for the definitive surgery.
  • Some patients have implants inserted, which are removed at a separate operation after healing because the implants may cause or are causing pain or other problems.

Q4. What is the most common cause of pelvic fractures?

The most common pelvic fracture is towards the front (the pubic bones), which occurs in older patients. These fractures are usually due to some thinning of the bones from osteoporosis. A common scenario is a patient loses his or her balance, lands awkwardly and breaks his or her pelvis. It is also possible for patients to lose their balance and cause their muscles to pull so hard against each other that they can pull the pelvis apart.

Most of these fractures will heal themselves with time.


Q5. How do pelvic fractures heal? Do you use a cast or brace?

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. This tends to occur a little more slowly in older people, but the same cells that heal fractures when you are young do the same when you are older.

We rarely use an orthosis around the pelvis. The good news is that most patients don’t need any bracing or casting for a full recovery.

 

Allan E. Inglis Jr., M.D.’s practice is dedicated to the surgical treatment of arthritic conditions in adults. He holds a special interest in total joint replacement of the hip, knee, and elbow, and is intimately involved in the custom design of joint replacements in the most difficult cases. He also has extensive experience and expertise in the surgical treatment of fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum, hip, femur (thigh bone), knee and tibia (shin bone).

Topics: Orthopedics
The information provided in this blog by HSS and our affiliated physicians is for general informational and educational purposes, and should not be considered medical advice for any individual problem you may have. This information is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a qualified health care provider who is familiar with the unique facts about your condition and medical history. You should always consult your health care provider prior to starting any new treatment, or terminating or changing any ongoing treatment. Every post on this blog is the opinion of the author and may not reflect the official position of HSS. Please contact us if we can be helpful in answering any questions or to arrange for a visit or consult.

240 Comments

  1. I fractured my pelvic bone in car accident. I was in a coma during healing. But now years later, my lower back hurts so bad. Why is that and what should i do?

  2. I want to know how long is the recovery time for a pelvic fracture and other broken limbs? This is the scenario. I have a friend who is 42 yrs old and suffered a traffic accident in his motorcycle on a street. The accident was serious and he could have died, the accident took place the last days of January of this year. For what I know he broke his pelvis, and he also broke his tibia and the fibula from one leg. I don’t know if he had a surgery back them but Im pretty sure he was operated and put some screws on his pelvis.

    This guy used to surf and enjoyed working out outdoors, doing some kind of Raw Fitness exercises. Will he be able to do that again or given the 3 limbs (pelivs, tibia, fibula of one leg) he broke is not possible he could? Since he broke 3 limbs how long will he take to recover completely, a year or more? Will he be limping all his life? Also when a person break his pelvis, will that person also have hip problems in the future. Will he have sexual problems?

    Thanks for your answer.

  3. Hello – I’m a 69 male cyclist and fractured my acetabulumn column falling on a curb.
    It was a clean fracture and did not require surgery. I was instructed to lie still for 5 weeks not moving my left leg until the healing began. I then spent four weeks on crutches. Then I could walk and get about except with major back pain moving and sleeping. It is now 13 weeks. I am finding that I suffer a lot of lower back pain presumable the nerves that were damaged.
    I was allowed to start riding my bike steadily at 9 weeks and I found that this exercise relieved my back ache! Two days ago I went for a long walk and really suffered with lower back pain!
    I am concerned as my life is being active. Will this lower back pain reduce in time? Do I need to consult a back Specialist to correct this problem?

  4. Hi,

    I fractured my Superior and inferior pubis rami 3 months ago in a motorcycle accident, I had no surgery and was starting to walk a week or so after my accident.

    Im still on pain meds evan now, i can walk about fine however if i decide to push anything or carry anything evan remotley heavy im getting alot of pain in the pelvis and makes it very hard to put any weight on my leg. I can feel the pain on the front, and inside the back of the upper leg/hips.

    Is this normal months after the accident actually happened and if so how long do you feel that it will take to be fully recovered ?

    Appreciate you time.

    Thanks

  5. My pelvis was fractured 2 years ago I still have a huge amount of pain. I am still doing physio and massage but I am in a job were I am my feet and my back just hurts so bad and I feel stuck I don’t know what to do??? It’s easier said to move on but it’s still a on going claim and I can’t just quit my job right now.

    1. Hi Kelly – Sounds like a difficult situation. You mentioned that you fractured your pelvis 2 years ago yet it sounds like your pain is in your back. You could have injured both and the back was evaluated because you didn’t have pain there. You could have pain in the back due to the long recovery for your pelvic fracture. Finally you could have healed your pelvis and the back pain is totally unrelated. It sounds like a fresh set of eyes to evaluate both issues would be a good idea. Before that happens think about your symptoms and maybe keep a diary as to what happens when. Only when sitting? Only when standing? Only when standing for a while? Only when walking? What makes it go away? Anything which will help your orthopaedic surgeon determine the precise cause of your pain will help. Meanwhile, if the PT isn’t helping, why do it? Good Luck!

  6. I had. TRH replacement , fractured inferior and superior pubic rami over 2 yrs ago I was finally told after MRI that my continued pain is due to Lilopsoasis Syndrome. I can’t bear weight especially in the morning when getting up or after sitting I need cane . What treatments do you advise beside injection thank you, Lori Ross

    1. Hi Lori- Workup of your problem should include an MRI done with “Metal Subtraction Algorithm” to assure that the hip replacement isn’t loose and to evaluate the iliopsoas muscle and its bursa. If the problem is ilopsoas bursitis then you can try, 1)NSAIDs and PT, 2) Bursal injections and finally open or arthroscopic surgery to release or lengthen that tendon. If the tendon is the sole cause of your pain then your pain should be gone.

  7. Hey I broke my pelvis towards the front (im assuming the pubic bones) in 2 spots. This happened only 5 days ago but I have been very mobile and walking quite a bit without a great deal of pain. The bone is still in place. I’m a very healthy and active 19 year old. Is it safe for me to be as active as I am or could I face some consequences for not laying in bed for any more than 2 days after it happened?

    1. Hi Dave- If you are comfortable then be active but go easy on running, jumping and pounding. Bicycling, Swimming, and other easy exercises to keep in shape might be better.

  8. Hi my daughter 28 years old was hit with a car.she has the iliac pelvic fractured (stable) …The doctor told her it will heal by itself. The question is can she walk with help of crushes or she has to be bed bound. .she also has a fracture in the 1st metatarsal of the other leg..and when will she be able to return to her normal activities (full recovery )

  9. I sustained fractures of the right superior, right inferior, left superior and left inferior pubic rami and fracture of the left side of the sacrum from an auto accident.
    It is two and a half weeks after accident and nursing home physical therapy want me to jump up steps on my good leg without a crutch or is this a good thing to do?

    1. Hi Lisa- I would advise against anything so pounding for around 6 to 8 weeks. I would suggest stationary, recumbent or road biking, swimming, or a rowing machine to keep in shape and maintain your range of motion while allowing the bones to heal.

  10. Hi I’m 52 and fell down some stairs fracturing my right elbow and sustains 2 fractures in my pelvis – superior and inferior. Originally I was told for 4 weeks that I had torn groin muscles and encouraged from day one to continue mobilizing , up and down stairs – as I was unpacking. Finally after many doctors visits and feeling like an utter fool CT showed the 2 stable fractures. My concerns are long term consequences as I work a job on the go all day and on my feet. I still have slight ongoing pain and am wondering the increase risks of early arthritic changes and restrictions it may cause in my life.

    1. Hi Margaret — I am assuming that the pelvic fractures do NOT involve the hip socket nor the sacroiliac joints. The fractures should heal on their own but they can be painful for months up to years since the stresses are so massive around the pelvis. The muscles, ligaments and tendons around the pelvis do heavy work and have to carry your weight around. That being said I think that you should be able to return to your work but it will take some time. As soon as you can tolerate work, go ahead. The work actually strengthens the bones and reduces the pain more quickly. Good Luck! P.S. You can take anti-inflammatory medications like Aleve or Advil (if you are not allergic) and they often help to reduce the inflammation and therefore the pain around the pelvis.

  11. Hi I had plating of the symphysis pubis 12 years ago after a bad twin pregnancy. 3 years ago I also had a diana fusion on left si joint to try & help with the pain. In October 2014 I went in to have replacement plating of symphysis pubis as they couldn’t see behind the plate to check how stable the fusion was. When they opened me up they could do nothing but remove all pelvic plates as the area was full of infection. Over the past 8 months the pelvic & groin pain has returned with a vengeance. I also fell 8 weeks ago & hurt my coxics. My question is could the fall on my coxics do damage to the front of the pelvis? Across the front of the pubic bone is very sore, tender to touch & a bit swollen. My gp has put this down to a flare up but it just doesn’t feel right. I haven’t seen my orthopaedic surgeon for 14 months as he said that he could do no more for me.
    Any advice is greatly appreciated.

  12. Hi my daughter 28 years old was hit with a car.she has the iliac pelvic fractured …The doctor told her it will heal by itself..The question is can she walk with the help of a frame or she has to be bed bound..and when will she be able to return to her normal activities without pain (full recovery )

      1. I broke my hip 12 weeks ago and found out I also fractured pelvis, pelvis healed after 4 weeks and I had no surgery for the hip fracture and just started weight bearing this week, I think most pelvic fractures heal absolutely fine and don’t seem to have any impact on day to day activities after the first four/five weeks.
        I would lay off any heavy duty sports, aqua therapy is good.

  13. My niece was in a bad car accident where she was rear-ended, broke her pelvis in several places requiring surgery with screws put in. She was told to expect 10 weeks non-weight bearing. She is now home in a hospital bed and a wheelchair 2 days after surgery. She is a single mother and lives in another state. My sister is going to go help out for a few weeks. We understand no walking, but what else is considered a weight bearing activity. We are all wondering if the rest of us should put in for time off to go help her after my sister comes back or if my niece will be able to do more of her ADLs in a few weeks by herself.

    1. Hi Jean — You should check with your surgeon. Sometimes using a recumbent bicycle is OK. Walking in the water with the water chest high and swimming are frequently allowed at around 3- 4 weeks (after the incisions have healed.) Good Luck! — Dr. Inglis

  14. Hi I was involved in a bicycle vs car accident. I was on the bicycle and had a fracture of the posterior Acetabulum. I was not given any surgery. I am almost 12 weeks after the injury and go in for a doctor visit and X-ray next week. I am hoping I can maybe start weight bearing. I did not have any discomfort till week 5 after the injury, and it was real low like a 1 on the 1 to 10 scale. Now it hangs at 2-3 in my butt. Not sure if this is normal discomfort, after all I broke the acetabulum. I have read nothing that tells me what kind of discomfort a person would experience in a non surgically treated acetabulum prior to the start of weight bearing . I have not taken any kind of pain killers up to this point because it has not been that bad at all. I remain optimistic and I am hoping that a level of discomfort is normal. Any advice?

    1. Hi Oliver- Pain in the buttock after a posterior acetabular fracture. The pain can come from the fracture itself or injury to capsule (the gasket around the hip) if it has been stretched or torn. The time that your surgeon will have you keep the weight off the hip depends on the size of the fractured parts and how far they have moved from where they were before the fracture. Assuming the fracture has healed the surgeon will probably let you start weight bearing. You may actually have more pain as you start to weight bear but this usually eases off by six months after the fracture. I hope your recovery continues uneventfully! -Dr. Inglis

  15. Hello, my name is Swazy I suffered from a pelvic injury where I had to get a metal plate in the front with 6 screws and 2 correcting screws in the back. Since the surgery, I have been getting boils on my surgery scar and my period cramps are far worse than they used to be. Could the boils and extra pain I am experiencing come from the injuries and surgeries?

    1. ? I am not sure what the cause of the boils are. The choices are that the screws have lifted up which happens frequently or that there is a small inflammation or infection. Both of these can be evaluated by your surgeon. If there is some leaking from the surgical scar you may eventually require surgery to quiet things down. I don’t know about the period cramps but you might be able to try something like Advil or Aleve (assuming you are not allergic) and this may quiet everything down. Good Luck.

      – Dr. Inglis

  16. Pelvic spur snapped off. It’s very difficult to sit. Pro said, “good luck”!
    Now what?

    1. This injury can take months to years to finally quiet down. Occasionally a donut available at most surgical supplies will reduce the discomfort. The other hope is a comfortable pillow. Good Luck.

      – Dr. Inglis

  17. Dear Dr Inglis,
    I am a 63 yo woman that was hospitalized for pneumonia and other issues for 3 months including 1 mo for rehab. I was in bed the entire time. When discharged I couldn’t walk and so physical therapy was ordered. The therapist used ankle weights and this resulted in a small pelvic tear. I have osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. It has been 2 months and I am still in a lot of pain. How long can I expect this to last? I am on narcotic pain meds for chronic pain and it doesn’t help at all. Any advice would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Laurie- Depending on the type and severity of the tear, the process can take weeks to 3-6 months. I hope you are up and walking as 63 years old is quite young for osteoporosis.
      -Dr. Inglis

  18. Hello Doctor,
    My daughter of 42 years old recently delivered an 11 pound baby vaginally, after two previous c- sections . She now has a dislocated pelvis , and is in a great deal of pain with difficulty walking …. She has a history of blood clots from having two c/ section…. She is presently seeing a chiropractor recommended by the midwife … No X-rays were taken, and she was not forthcoming about her precious DVT history …. How much danger could she be in from the displaced pelvis, and how can we tell if this is just a dislocation or a possible fracture? Should she go to an orthopedic surgeon or continue with the chiropractor … Her feet are very swollen.

    1. Hi Jo Ann- Not sure what a dislocated pelvis means but some patients will develop a lot of opening of their pelvis with childbirth. Most of the time it closes and heals. There are a few patients who eventually require surgery to fix it with a plate. This is pretty rare. Any patient with a pelvic injury is at risk of DVT, even just with childbirth. She should be evaluated and, if necessary, treated to prevent DVT. -Dr. Inglis

  19. Hi there. My mom was in car accident in October ’16. She had multiple fractures on pelvis, heaps, knees and femurs. Everything seems to have healed but she can still not walk because of a broken pelvis. The right hip is also still not fixed because the pelvis must first heal before they can work on the heap. At this stage the heap bone is sitting on her button already. It is 8months after the accident and the x-rays still show no improvement on the pelvis from day 1. How long will it take to grow back or must she go for surgery on the pelvis again. The dr keeps on telling her she must wait, but what if it never grows on.

    1. Hi Veronica- If the pieces of the pelvis from the fracture are not too far apart then the pelvis must be healed. Can she move around bed and her chair? If so, then the pelvis is healed. The healing may not show on x-ray but it is more likely that it has healed or is almost healed. I am not sure what the problem is with the hip it but this should be addressed soon. She will require an intervention to open up the hip fracture and bone graft the fracture and fix it firmly. -Dr. Inglis

  20. I fell off a kitchen chair two weeks ago. I landed on my hip and was in quite a bit of pain. I could not walk. I went to my doctor and my X-ray showed no fracture. I have been on a walker since and wonder when it will get better. I am a healthy, active, 65 year old. I am taking pain medicine but my buttocks hurts and I can’t ambulate without holding on to the walker. Please give me some idea of what is normal. I am so discouraged. Thank you.

      1. Hi Tom- A comfortable back brace or a comfortable abdominal binder may make it feel better. Try it before you buy it, some patients have more discomfort from the pressure.
        – Dr. Inglis

  21. I recently had surgery for crushed pelvic. I have seem to heal well but on my buttock there is a bag or sack. it is quite large and soft but gives me a lot of grief. what is this and could it mean more surgery?

  22. What is signs of a blood clot forming while having the hardware fixtures still in your pelvis?

    1. Hi Melissa- Increase in swelling in the legs, Calf pain , Chest pain with shortness of breath, and new fevers/chills are all potential signs. Your treating physician should be alerted immediately if concerns arise. – Dr. David Wellman

  23. I was on holidays a month ago I slipped on water I landed on my bottom ,I didn’t go to a hospital for a week ,I was taking painkillers .When I got home off Holidays I went to my local hospital A and E. Where I saw a doctor he said I had sciatica and landed on the sciatica nerve .He wouldn’t xray me he said I also had a fractured Pelvis and that it would heal itself in a few weeks .I am still in a lot of pain still taking pain killers and needing to use a walking stick to help with the pain.

    1. Hi Janet- We are very sorry to hear that. If you are interested in making an appointment with HSS please call our Physician Referral Service at 888-720-1982.

  24. Hey Doctor I fell at home and had hairline fracture of my frontal area of the pelvis. When the x ray 8 wks Dr dismissed me let me walk with a walking stick, Now it ha been almost 13 wks I was doing fine no pain all of sudden I get a pain from the back when I walk I am 79 yrs old. What can I do. The pain is from the lower end my hip.

  25. Hi Doctor, my mother is 65 years, she has arthiritis for years & she broke her left superior pubis rami, can you please tell me generally how long is the recovery, what precautions to take & what to eat which will help bone heal fast.

  26. fell a week ago and cracked pelvis. in terrible pain. taking hydro-condo not helping much, ice packs, rubbing with lanacaine ointment/ soaking in hot water. when will the pain get better

    1. Hi Betty – You may need a CAT scan as a “crack” is usually managed satisfactorily with hydrocodone. If it’s only a “crack” you should be better in six weeks but the pain can persist for a year or more. Good Luck! -Dr. Inglis

  27. My only possible injury was on a new zip line here on the island. My helmet hit the stopping block really hard and I started with groin pain the next day. It became more severe and progressed to the other side. I was trying to do therapy for a strained muscle walking and even hobbling at work. It was only after three months my legs started to swell and the pelvic pain was unbearable. Finally I had a cat scan that showed a fracture on the left and two on the right. So good to finally know I am not going mad. I am hoping to return to work as I am a nursing supervisor and require a lot of walking in three weeks and to be able to do an archaeological dig on the mainland in October. All I can say is this has been one horrible nightmare!!!!!! I am still having to take pain medications to move along with Aleve and still can not sleep my sides or get up my stairs at night. Is there any hope for a speedy recovery?

    1. Hi Shelba-

      A couple of things come to mind…

      1. Swelling should be minimal, if at all at this time. If there is swelling then an evaluation of the venous system up to the inferior vena cava is recommended. Consult with a vascular surgeon.

      2. Outside of your work, the only real exercise you can do is stationary or specialized road bicycle, preferably recumbent, rather than upright, rowing machine and swimming. Weight bearing exercise if you are still having pain suggests that the only weight bearing you should be doing is work.

      3. Have you had a recent bone densitometry (DEXA)? If not, you need one and you may need treatment. Treatment is usually directed by an endocrinologist. If your bone is not good, healing may be delayed, so I would do this urgently.

      4. At three months you should have returned to work. Have you been evaluated recently by your orthopaedic surgeon with and X-ray with or without a new CT scan?

      5. Pain with pelvic fractures can last six months up to a year.

      6. With any luck you should be able to do your archaeological dig.

      Good Luck and Speedy Recovery! – Dr. Inglis

  28. I am 65 and fractured my Pelvis over a year ago. I still have pain on the outside of my left hip. Just touching my hip with a little pressure it hurts. Sometimes I also get a sharp pain. I also cannot sleep on that side. I have left sided back pain sometimes with it. And the pain seems to travel where both hips hurt. Is this natural or reason for concern? What would you recommend.

    1. Hi Sue – This is not uncommon. It is likely that you have developed Greater Trochanteric Bursitis where the “bumper” on the outside of the hip gets sore. PT can be very helpful, especially ultrasound and heat treatments. Some orthopaedic surgeons will perform, or order to be performed, an injection to that bursa, sometimes guided with ultrasound. At this point you could consider taking, if your GP allows, occasional anti-inflammatory medications like Aleve or Advil. Pelvic fractures can take a long time to heal. – Dr. Inglis

  29. Thank you this was very helpful. My horse threw me and I fracture occurred in the pubic region as you mentioned above. I believe there are two fractures and my doctor was concerned there was a little misalignment. Bed rest for 4 weeks was ordered. I am at my 6 week mark and feeling pretty good. I’m using a cane only with some pain characterized as soreness more so than sharpness. I started physical therapy and doing fine. I am still taking Tramadol one a day and swimming daily. I’m an active 65 year old, but have osteopenia. I don’t see my doctor till July 15. How do I know if my fracture is healing without an x-ray? Also, my husband will kill me, but when do you think I can ride again a different horse. Selling the one that bucks me off all the time.
    Carol

    1. Hi Carol – It sounds like you are healing nicely. This sort of fracture normally heals without too much trouble but you can have lingering discomfort for months. You really don’t need an X-ray at this time, it’s just more radiation. The bones actually heal before the healing shows up on X-ray. In terms of activity, keep doing the PT and gradually progress your activities, walking, power walking, hiking and even mini-trampoline can speed things along. You should be able to ride again but you will undoubtedly need some adjustment to your saddle as these fractures can heal with lumps on your sitting bones which can be tender. Good Luck! – Dr. Inglis

      1. Thank you

        This wonderful that you take the time to address each individual’s concerns.

        Carol

  30. I had surgery about a week ago. I was involved in an accident and my right side of the pelvic broke. I had a brace and screws put in days after the accident. After being home for 1 week and taking medication for the pain the pain was under control but now I can’t bare it and pills aren’t helping any at all. My leg looks swollen. I also had a trauma to the knee which now I can’t move my foot or leg one bit because it hurts so much. Is this normal? Could it be the bone healing? Please help.

    1. Hi Nora – The most important things to ask your orthopaedic surgeon are: is there a possibility of infection, and, is it possible I have developed a blood clot (a “DVT”) in my thigh or in my pelvis? If the knee has not been evaluated and diagnosed, you probably want to ask about an X-ray then a CAT scan or MRI scan, depending on what your orthopaedic surgeon finds on physical examination and the X-ray. Your pain should be decreasing now, not increasing. Good Luck. – Dr. Inglis

  31. Hello, I was in a golf cart accident 4/15/2016 and sustained 3 broken pelvis bones and sacrum break, internal bleeding.. Hematoma in by lower abdomen. In the hospital a week. Im still in pain…mainly in the morning and evening… My lower back is still swollen.. how long does it normally take for the swelling to resolve? And at this point.. 5 weeks out is it helpful to use an ice pack for pain and swelling? Im still walking with a walker. The orthopedic said I can start weight baring as tolerated at 7 1/2 to 8 weeks post accident. At what point do you think I will be able ditch the walker all together?

    1. Hi Fancy- These questions would be best answered by your physician, as they have better knowledge of your procedure and current path to recovery. We wish you all the best!

    2. I’m sure you’ve met with your doctor by now, so I’m probably just bending your ear.
      I survived a T-bone car accident in mid January 2016, with five pelvic fractures, which needing pinned four weeks later, four broken ribs, a punctured lung, lacerated kidney, adrenal gland, and spleen, and lastly, major hemoraging requiring multiple blood transfusion.
      Ice is my best friend still, along with the roll on “freeze” products, and “Aspercreme”; not all at the same time.
      As for the walker, I was finally allowed minimal toe touch at three months, and full weight at four months. One week later I retired the walker. I’m not as fast as I use to be, and my stamina is non-existant, but every day shows improvement. Good luck.

      1. Oh Wow.. You certainly have been through a lot.. Thank you for your reply,, I did go to an orthopedic that deals with pelvic injuries (not same one from the hospital) but I decided to make an appointment with John Hopkins at the end of this month.. Seems that not many orthopedics deal with many high impact pelvic fractures like you & I have had…. My dr didn’t seem to have many answers to my questions.. This injury has been painful, devastating and depressing,. Walking one minute and bed ridden the next… I hope you are recovering well.. It’s a difficult painful recovery.. I am using peas flexible ice pack which works well. I’m going to try the roll on freeze products as well. I just transferred from a walker to a cane 2 days ago..now my leg muscles especially my calves are so sore from walking.. Sleeping is nearly impossible from back/pelvis pain,, I was on Percocet but wanted to lighten up on pain medicine so I just began taking tramadol… It’s now been 8 weeks since my accident., I just want my life to be back to normal. This has been tough,,nice to hear from ppl that have had similar accidents. We are so lucky because as you know the internal bleeding was life threatening..(not to mention all the other issues u had) I also had to be given blood transfusions as well.. I was out of the country on an island with no hospital or dr,, I’m fortunate the bleeding slowed way down during the 10 hours it took to fly me back to a hospital in the states,. I wish you well and really appreciate your advice. Thank you! ?

  32. my grandmaa had met pelvic fracture 1year ago.her fracture was cured now she walks with help of walker but both of her legs has swollen..what is the reason and how it can be cured?

    1. Thank you for your inquiry, Aparna, and we’re sorry to hear what your grandmother is currently going through. She should consult with a physician to determine the best course of alleviating her pain.

    1. Hello, thank you for reaching out. Most pelvic fractures heal on their own, meaning that most patients don’t need any bracing or casting for a full recovery. In those instances, an orthosis is rarely used around the pelvis.

  33. Hi I had an accident may 2014 (fell off horse) X-ray showed nothing,went back hospital 2wks later servere pain, another X-ray nothing again. Referred to physio 3months later who sent me for MRI (definate bone damage) CT within a week (Fractured pelvis) specialist said they won’t pin as I’ll need replacement it is repairing itself but to stay away from an orthopaedic surgeon as long as I can because of my age (51) I am getting a lot of pain again also down my leg calf & foot do i just carry on with pain killers thanks

    1. Hi Joanne, thank you for your inquiry. It would be best to follow up with your treating physician or schedule an in-person consultation with a physician for a second opinion. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 800-796-0482 for further assistance.

  34. I fractured my pelvis in three spots on September 16th the car hit me on my left side and I have had the external fixation taken off and was using the walker. Now I am walking normal but there is back pain every day now. He said the back wasn’t healed up all the way. I wonder if I have a chance to fix it or am I going to be hurting for a while longer. It’s been two months of walking. I have been stretching a lot but it doesn’t do much. I’m just lost and in pain.

  35. I had an accident last March in 2015, I fractured my pelvis on right side, now it’s been around 11 months, I don’t have a lot of pain just a slight pain when I sit or get up, I wanted to know if the pain will totally go away after a few more months or a slight discomfort would be there? because the fracture seems to be getting better over the months in terms of pain when I move, I am 22 years old now. Also I read somewhere that healing bones ache, Is this true? My pain has reduced that means the bones r healing? Also I haven’t had surgery, the doctor told me just to bed rest. I am guessing I had a minor fracture then? From all I read on the Internet.

    1. Hi Jess, thank you for your questions. Treatment for patients with pelvic fractures is based on a number of factors including the type of fracture, the stability of the pelvis, and the degree of displacement of the bones. Patients with a stable pelvic fracture- without displacement or dislocation- are the most likely candidates for non-surgical treatment (i.e., bed rest). The following article on our website regarding pelvic fractures can provide more information: https://www.hss.edu/conditions_pelvic-fractures-acetabular-fractures.asp. Hope this helps and also be sure to follow up with your physician with any further questions that you may have.

      1. I also had a question about exercising, I wanted to know if I can exercise normally like I used to before or I will need to take some precautions? As I started to pain all of a sudden two days back when I raised my leg, now it’s better but I wonder why is it so?

  36. I fell on hard ground on my left side and had acute pain for a year. I had an x ray four months after the fall and was told I had broken (not fractured) my pelvis (woman) it healed good, but I have had acute pain in my left leg, am seeing a therapist and he says my body is not lined up correctly hence bowel and urine movements not right. He has taken the pain away from my right leg and it is called referred pain which has gone to my left side above my hip and and moving up and burning and is acute pain. What do you think all of this is please. Kathy 1 Feb 16

    1. Hi Kathy, thank you for your inquiry. Due to the severity of the injury that you discussed, we recommend that you request a consultation from a physician so that they can evaluate and determine the best course of treatment for your injuries. If you wish to receive care at Hospital for Special Surgery, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 800-796-0482 so that they can assist you.

  37. Hello!
    I fractured my left and right hip from Track a couple years ago. I never wore crutches and i began working out a week after my injury. Now, three years later, I still have occasional intense hip pain when I stand up for long periods of time, sit down for long periods of time, or if I work out intensely. I am 16 years old. What should I do? I’ve been to countless physical therapy sessions, I’ve taken medication, I’ve even resorted to more independent ways like yoga and dancing. What can I do? The pain is excruciating sometimes and I’m afraid it will lead to worse things.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Nmachi, thank you for your questions. We are unable to answer because you are under the age of 18. It is recommended that you consult with a physician with a parent or legal guardian so that they can determine the best course of treatment.

  38. I had an accident, have 2 right and 1 left pelvis fracture, dislocated hip joint…am in Frere Hospital under bed rest…by week 2 I felt no pains at all…was not taking any pain injection. 15kg obstruction on my right leg…

    3rd week and 1 day obstruction weights were added to 40kg pains came back…am struggling to cope with 40kg now…get thinning injection everyday as of 07/01.

    How soon can doctors Xray me again to ascertain if am recovering or not? Am still being turned for massages to prevent bed sores etc…I have no bed sores…today am 3 weeks and 3 days pain is vanishing…am 41 turning 42 March 4, how soon can I recover…

    1. Hi Fani, thank you for your inquiry. We recommend that you consult with your physician regarding how soon you would be able to recover as they have more knowledge about your course of treatment.

  39. I was in a pretty bad car wreck. I have fractures in my hip and a chip in my pelvic bone. The doctor said operation was not necessary. It has been 3 weeks my foot is purple my foot is kind of curved and there is a knot in the side of me ankle. My foot and ankle swollen to were you can not tell my leg from my foot. Is this normal?

    1. Hi Mary, thank you for your inquiry. Due to the severity of the injury that you discussed, we recommend that you request a consultation from a second physician so that they can evaluate and determine the best course of treatment for your injuries. If you wish to receive care at Hospital for Special Surgery, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 800-796-0482 so that they can assist you.

    1. Hi Paul, thank you for your inquiry. There is detailed information about spine fractures available on our website at https://www.hss.edu/condition-list_spine-fractures.asp. The reason that you may be experiencing symptoms with a fractured spine is that when the spinal column is subject to sufficient trauma, the bony elements of the spinal column can fracture. The stability of the spine following the fracture largely depends on the severity of the fracture and the integrity of the stabilizing structures. If you would like to consult with a physician at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 800-796-0482 so that they can assist you.

  40. I fractured my pelivis about 15 months ago did not require surgery. However in the last 4 days it has started to be painful again. Why would it do that?

    1. Hi Arlene, thank you for reaching out. We recommend that you consult with your treating physician who can better advise your injury. If you wish to receive care at Hospital for Special Surgery, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 800-796-0482 for further assistance.

  41. I was in a car accident on October 17,2015. I’m 26 i was in a comma for 10 my main injury i want answers to is i have a open book fracture pelvic on the left side with 1 pin put in place. How long will it take to heal in when will i walk i got 4 little one’s in i miss them dearly but i need time to heal in how should i be laying down to sleep in should i be moving around a lot please help me my mind is so lost i just want to walk.

  42. Hi my name’s shailo I was in a automobile accident and fractured my pelvis in three different spots . it is the worst pain I have ever had to go through and with the constipation making it ten times worse I just don’t know what to do sometimes. However I know I can do this because 24 hours later I could stand and pivvit to the chair and sit down now eight days later I can get on the bathroom stool myself if needed however I have help and that is much better haha. Anyways I also have a bruised lung and kidney oh also there are a couple fractures in my back I’m 19 years old very lucky and thankful to still be here. I hope everyone out there healing from a tragedy knows that soonerbor later you will get better you just have to believe in yourself and work towards a great healthy future.

  43. My grandmother(Age 85) recently had a slight fracture on her pelvic. The doctor says bed rest for six weeks. Can she sit while eating? or can she sit for 10 to 15 minutes in a day for a change?

    1. Hi Mahnoor, thank you for reaching out. It would be best to follow up with your grandmother’s physician regarding the questions that you presented as they would be more familiar with her treatment.

  44. I had an bike accident on 26th of may 2015. In that accident my pelvis broke with a stable fracture. Doctors said total bed rest would heal. I was injured badly around the hip area. At that time I was not able to feel my hips. So from that day i m on bed. I feel i have much recovered with tissues but i m not able to sit.My right leg didn’t work earlier but now i can bend it but it pains on my right side.Is it right to make movements?I read people shift to walker in a couple of days after this type of fracture but i m not able to even sit.Is it tissues taking time.I should try to sit or not?

    1. Hi Rahul, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician who is familiar with treatment plan. You can also seek a second opinion from another physician. This is done best with an in-person consultation. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  45. I had an bike accident on 26th of may 2015. In that accident my pelvis broke with a stable fracture. Doctors said total bed rest would heal. I was injured badly aroun the hip area. At that time I was not able to feel my hips. So from that day i m on bed, its been 28 days. I feel i have much recovered with tissues but i m not able to sit.
    My right leg didn’t work earlier but now i can bend it but it pains on my right side.
    Is it right to make movements?
    I read people shift to walker in a couple of days after this type of fracture but i m able to even sit.
    Is it tissues taking time.
    I should try to sit or not?

    I”m not able to sit.

    1. Hi Rahul, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician who is familiar with treatment plan. You can also seek a second opinion from another physician. This is done best with an in-person consultation. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  46. Hey ! I m 16 years old girl suffering from tumour pelvic i.e eving sarcoma I have done 18 cycles of chemotherapy and after that the Dr have removed my pelvic and haven””””t put any material at that place I m walking with walker not properly abnormal side is 2 inches smaller then the normal one … Can u please tell me how will I be able to walk what should I do that I could walk normally ?

    1. Hi Laiba, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you and your parent or guardian to consult with your treating physician.

  47. Hello,
    My son was hit by a car in 2011. The doctors had to rebuild his pelvic ring with plates and screws, he also has a rod in each leg. He is having increase pain in his hips and sometimes can not get out of bed with help

    1. Hi Gwen, thank you for reaching out! It is best for your son to seek an in person consultation with a physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If your son is interested in receiving care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  48. Doctor I had an accident like 28 days back
    And um still in hospital for bed rest.i dont feel any
    Pain and its been like two weeks now.can i try
    Walking on my own or with a physio.im tired already
    And hospital aint nice.Teddie

    1. Hi Mateboho, thank you for reaching out. Sorry to hear you were in an accident. We think it would be best if you consult with your treating physician who can better advise what you based on your medical history and treatment plan. Sending you our best wishes on your road to recovery.

  49. I and my wife were exercising using treadmill. After few days she started feeling pains around her pelvic bones. I asked her to stop but then the pains continues going to about 2-months now. When she takes pain killer, she feels ok but after the effect of the drug, the pain starts. I also noticed that if she lie with her stomach in the night she does not feel the pain, but if she lies side ways the pain becomes severe after she woke up in the morning. She also has added some weight. What advice can you provide for her healing. Thanks.

    1. Hi Felix, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for your wife to seek consult with her physician to determine the best course of recovery. If she wishes to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  50. Hi,

    A few days ago I was in a car accident where the car flipped over, and now a few days later the right side of my pelvis, where my leg meets it is really hurting. It feels strained and if I don’t walk completely straight it starts to become painful. Even just sitting down it bothers me. I am thinking it is probably due to the whiplash I experienced when the car flipped, but I was just wondering if you could help me understand more what it could possibly be.

    1. Hi xx, thank you for reaching out. We best advise that you go in and consult with your treating physician, so they can better advise you. If you wish to seek consultation at Hospital for Special Surgery, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. Our Physician Referral Service is designed to ensure that patients are connected with the physician that best meets their needs at HSS. For more information, please visit https://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

  51. i broke my pelvis in 3 places at 19, needed no surgery just bed rest. i healed in two months was walking ,running etc.i am 20 now. My Question is. I am pregnant and the baby’s due July 11. will i be Abel to have a natural Birth or will in be C section?

    1. Hi Crystal, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Marci Goolsby, Sports Medicine Physician, says: “Assuming that the pelvis healed normally, it should not be a problem. You should consult your obstetrician to determine the best method of childbirth.”

  52. Hi, as a kid/teenager/adult up until the age of 24 when I was involved in a car accident, I only had one menstrual cycle a year and then after the car accident I fractured my pelvis and had surgery on it and suddenly I am having menstrual cycles every month, why would a repaired fractured pelvis
    suddenly make me start having a menstrual cycle? I”m sure it”s better for me to have them every month as a woman should but, I truly liked only having it once a year!

    1. Hi Chrissy, thank you for reaching out. We advise that you consult with your treating physician, who is more familiar with your medical history.

  53. Hi Just a note to encourage others who have had a few break in their Pelvis.
    On June the 13th 2014 I feel 4 metres onto concrete
    I broke my wrist, 2 ribs, Hole in the lung and 26 breaks in my pelvic.
    Dr here in Tauranga NZ did a great rebuild, 9 hrs on the Pelvis,.
    Last week i worked about 14hrs. No pain, limp almost gone a really great Dr I recon.
    All the best to those of you who have had a Pelvis break, it won’t be long and you’ll be moving well again soon.
    Ross NZ

  54. Hi,
    I had 3 broken ribs in my mid-right back from a bad fall in late July. I had a plate put in and it is healing well. My lung was punctured, blood clots, you name it. My question is, I have a mildly sharp pain in front, between my bottom rib and my pelvic bone, about two inches toward the center. I also have a tender spot about two inches above that. I mentioned this pain to every doctor in the process of hospitalization, and received no clear idea about what this was. I now have a PCP who is guessing that it might be my psoas muscle. I”m concerned that no one seems to have a definite idea about that this is.

    I”ve also developed something a friend called a “thrombotic event” which she thinks can be quite serious – a small hard bump along a vein in my right lower arm. The vein feels like a tendon from my wrist to my elbow. The PCP told me to put warm compresses on it, and that does seem to lessen the bump, but it comes right back again. I”ve always been really healthy, and feel like I”m on my own trying to figure these things out. It”s a little scary. Any ideas? Thank you, Kate

    1. Hi Kate, we appreciate you for reaching out. Dr. David Wellman, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon, says: “There isn’t a clear way to answer without medical imaging and a physical exam. It would be best to consult with your treating physician.” If you’re interested in receiving care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance

  55. I was involved in a ATV accident were I was thrown off the back into a metal bar and then a tree. The main injury site seemed to be my tail bone and right lower back. It was very painful, but I managed to walk it off and within 2 weeks the pain was pretty much gone. About 3 weeks after that I fell down the stairs landing again on my tail bone and left side and felt a shooting pain down my leg & up my side, but again walked it off with no lingering pain. After all this a routine MRI showed a fractured left sacral ala. Could the impact of the ATV accident on my right side fracture the left side of my pelvis?

    1. Hi Rosemarie, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to consult with your treating physician. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  56. Hello in 2009 I went to the ER for severe unbearable pain in my groin/pelvis area. I could barely walk because it hurt so bad. They did MRI”s and CAT scans and told me I fractured my hip bone. Take ibuprofen and it will heal on it”s own. Well I don”t think it healed properly or something because every once in a while that severe pain comes back. Sometimes it only last for a day or two but like now it”s been 3 days and getting worse. I know have a two year old and it”s very hard and painful to move around. Should I get another x ray done?! What could be wrong!?

    1. Hi Jasmine, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  57. Fell on root on August 12 2014. Pain is unbearable. I am 54 yrs old. And on disability. I have a pain management doctor, he would not send referral, for a x-ray, i went to prompt care w/o success, and sent home to take ibuprofenn or Tylenol. I have medications that are prescribed to me for other medical injuries that occurred in the 90’s. I go to my pm doctor on the 4th of Sept. I know he will not believe me. I need help.

    1. Hi Beverly, thank you for reaching out. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  58. Hello. I got into an accident were the car hit me while I was walking across the street. I was wondering could I carry a baby and have a normal birth if I fractured my pelvis and I have a screw holding it in place? And if I can, will I be in great pain? The accident occurred September 21, 2011.

    1. Hi Valeria, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a physician so they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  59. Hello,
    My father was hit by a car on his motorcycle and his pelvis was broke in two places, he is home now and having a hard time getting a pt to come to his home and help him with exercising. What kind of exercising should he be doing? upper body? he was told that he cannot put any weight on the right side for 12 weeks.
    thank you

    1. Hi Kandace, thank you for reaching out. It is best for your father to seek an in-person consultation with a physician that is familiar with the best course of treatment. If your father wishes to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  60. I left a reply see it was added to my original questions on May 29 today new problem is July 26. Please review it maybe you have helpful advice until my appointments. It takes weeks sometimes months to get appointment,

  61. I have got multiple fractures in my pelvic. 4 in left , one on ryt due to strenuous physical exercises . It happened in april 2014. The latest x ray shows consolidated undisplaced fracture. I am on protein n calcium diet. Wat s the anticipated time of healing such fractures?

  62. I fractured my pelvis on January 26th. I was in major pain the first week or 2. But then it eased off to where i wasn’t crying in pain. I did not know that i fractured it and we assumed it was a torn muscle or something minor. After 6-8 weeks i was still and pain and went and saw an orthopedic doctor and he told me i fractured it. HE then told me i don’t require surgery or physical therapy or anything. He didn’t give me anything to treat it or nothing. It is now July 4th and i still feel the pain a little bit when i move my right thigh to the right a lot. I saw him recently and he said the line in the fracture is still there but there is healing all around the bone. I’m reading and it said fractured pelvis take 8-12 weeks, why is mine taking so long?

  63. My 28 year old daughter had an eating disorder resulting in her being 55 lbs. for a year. Once she gained “normal”weight again, apparently her bones were weak and she easily got bi-lateral pelvic fractures.
    Is it Ok for her to walk to gain strength as opposed to just lying on a couch all day?

  64. Had a severe pelvic fracture a number of years ago, which required extensive surgical reconstruction. After rehab and physical therapy, I continue home exercises. I presently walk with a cane and avoid climbing stairs, both to avoid pain and to prevent further damaging the region (I”ve been its just a matter of time until require a total hip replacement). My injury has been stable ever since.

  65. What are a persons options that is in extreme pain after pubic rami both superior and inferior were fractured and healed “deformed”? This occurred after THR same side.

      1. I wrote with regard to my pelvic fx hairline during surgery to full blown 2 spots of pelvic ring. Thank You and I will get treatment but appointments do take some time. In the meantime it’s 3 am I’m in bad pain X-ray today showed deformity from fx of pelvis. please until my appointment what is best for pain ? Ice or heat resting,cane crutches to relieve pressure? I just hope I don”t need any other surgery to correct problem that occurred during surgery for hip replacement. What about wrapping myself with ace bandage for support? I appreciate any advice 1st available appointment isn’t until beginning of September so any helpful advice until then. Now I also am dealing with calcification peritendonitis of shoulder could that be happening with pelvis or THR joint? I’m allergic to NSAID medication .Thank You can”t be up all night like this ,groin pain is intense.

  66. Dear Doctor: 23/05/2014

    I am writing to you today hoping that you will be able to assist me, or give some answers or a peace of mind of some sort regarding my problem.
    My Name is Johan Fredrick Bartmann, I am 46 years of age. I am a South African, I was born and raised in South Africa.
    In early 1999 I was involved in a serious motorbike accident which lead me to the state I am in today, I am in constant pain every day of my life. I am depressed, I cannot go about my daily life without being in pain every day. I get tired even from walking up the stairs.
    My pelvis was broken and external fixators were put in. After 8 weeks the fixators were removed.
    I have underwent over 60 + operations after my accident. I have a left drop foot because of my accident, which makes me unstable. My bladder tore and had to be reconstructed, they had inserted a swinter as well.
    I have been living with this pain for 15 years, I just want to be able to feel a bit better. No pain killers work for me either.
    If you say that you can help me or try make my pain less than what it is now I will travel around the world to do this, this is my health and my life on the line.
    I hope to hear from you soon, please let me know if you need x-rays etc. from me. Attached please find a letter from a doctor I have recently seen who says there is nothing more they can do for me.

    1. Hi Johan, thanks for reaching out. For more information on pelvic fractures, click here: https://www.hss.edu/conditions_pelvic-fractures-acetabular-fractures.asp#.U4SaJnJdXTo. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information, visit https://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp. For information on traveling to HSS for care, please contact our International Center at 212.606.1186 or visit https://www.hss.edu/international-center.asp#.U4SaTXJdXTo.

  67. Had a 4 wheeler accident 6/8/2014. Fractured pelvis in 3 places. Used a wheel chair and walker for over three months and then crutches for over one month before I could tolerate a small amount of weight on my right leg. Am 48 years old. Took calcium with vitamin d in it the whole healing time. Every xray for almost 6 months showed no bone growth so I had to use a bone growth stimulator for about 3 months. CT scan with and without contrast showed all 3 fractures healed where xrays could not show healing. Diagnosis is chronic deformity the way fractures healed. Also showed moderate arthritis in both hips. Also have degenerative disc disease. Have had 2 lumbar back surgeries. So after almost 1 year I still hurt in my pelvis area really bad. Going up stairs and hills is painful, too much walking, sitting on any non cushioned chair, riding in a vehicle for more than an hour is awful. Right leg is weak. If I sit on floor with legs bent and under me, my pelvis gets stuck or caught per say and hurts bad to undo it. How much longer is this going to be a life changing episode in my life?

  68. I was in a car accident 8 years ago and suffered from fractured and broken pelvis. I have long sinced recovered from the fractured and broken pelvis. My question and problem is a lopsided hip. My right side is abnormally large and I suffer from lost of sensation and feeling on that area. I have gone back to doctors and they x-rayed me and said everything is fine and normal. I have no idea what it can be. Could it be tissue or nerve damaged? Please help me understand my dilemma. Thank you

  69. Need help my mother just had out of balance why walking she a had previous mild stroke n can’t move her half body propely now because of out of balnce she had a pelvic fracture.. please help i can send her xray anytime..pleasee thank you

  70. Hey I had an accident on April ,16 ,014
    I fell from a second floor of a mall
    Luckily I only broke my pelvis
    I had a surgery I have screws with bolts
    I”m 21 years old
    I wanted to know how long will it take for me to walk agian
    Not excepting a fully recovery I know it will be anywhere around 8 to 12 months
    What kind of food will help my pelvis to heal
    Thank you.

  71. Hi.. my boyfriend was in a head on collision with a semi.. he had acetabulum fracture (sorry about my spelling) and nerve damage (ex he can’t wiggle his toes at all but does feel pain in his foot) the accident was just about two months ago and he is still unable to put any pressure on his foot..his foot is swollen, cracked skin and his toes are purple..

    1. Hi Kellie, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult your boyfriend’s treating physician in person so that they can give a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  72. My boyfriend fractured his pelvis 10years ago and now he is in alot of pain please help….

  73. hello Dr. sir , i am 26 years of age, i got mild split /fracture of pelvic bone from the inner side of floor on 7th April,2014,as the shown in your above-mentioned fig. but i am type -1 diabetic since 16 years. Dr suggested me to take bed rest for 4 months . how it is possible for me in this position of diabetic. Please give me more suggestions.

  74. Hello,
    m nisha, 23 yr old.on March9th . Met with an accident and doctor told that I have a hairline fracture which is not serious,and will get well by bed rest for 3 weeks. It’s my fourth week nd still hav minor pain nd fear to walk without walker.
    How long will it take to heal?
    Will I hav any future problem?
    Please suggest pain relief balms or medicine.I want to get well soon.
    Hope you will reply soon. I am waiting.

    1. Hi Nisha, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  75. I feel off my horse in April 2013 and broke my pelvis in the places and my fractures still are not healed. I have had a bone density text done and it was normal. Can you explain why it is taking so long to heal? Thanks

  76. Hi

    I sustained a openbook pelvis fracture 1 week ago. I had pelvic diastases and my anterior SI joint opened up on Ct views. I underwent orif (anterior plating of pubic symphysis and posterior fixation with a SI screw. I am currently doing well. Unfortunately the Rx dr wants to keep me on bed rest for 6-8 weeks. I don’t want argue with him, but If I can produce good literature regarding earlier rehab, it might help getting me out of bed earlier. Any suggestions.

    1. Hi Frans, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician as they could best advise. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  77. I broke my pelvis four weeks ago and now I can walk without assistants. My family is worried that I could fall again. Is it necessary to use a walker?

    1. Hi Sharon, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician as they could best advise. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  78. Hi, i fractured my left interior superior illiac spine (ISIS) a week ago, where i was sprinting and suddenly felt a pop in my hip. A week before this incident happened, i felt a sharp pain whenever I’m doing my sprints. But it wasn’t as painful. For now as I’m recovering, the pain is gone, unless i try to take a step or a small lunge forward. This i suppose is because the small fragment of the fractured illiac is connected to the muscles which enables me to walk/run/sprint. I’m on crutches and i can stand on both legs. The question is that when should i try to start walking? Or go for a swim to strengthen my muscles around my ISIS and the bone itself? By the way the fragment is the size of half of a small pinky finger. The x ray showed that it was about less than 1/2 a cm away from the pelvis. Also, im a very active person, its getting bored seeing myself on the crutches and chair while others are running around. Im going to school this upcoming week also, most probably i have to move around here and there, is it going to hinder the recovery in anyway by moving too much, on crutches, hanging my left leg?

    Thanks,
    Yusuf

    1. Hi Yusuf, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician to get a better diagnosis. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  79. Can u get pregnant again after having an open book pelvic fracture and serious complications during ur first pregnancy

    1. Hi Valerie, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  80. I have a boyfriend that was in a car accident when he was 17. He was hit by a drunk driver at 80 mph while his vehicle was sitting still. It broke his hip in 7 places, temporarily parolized his left side of his body and caused sevear damage to his body. He was put in an induced coma while being pumped with steroids to heal his body quickly. They did not expect him to live. He is now 32 and still has nerve damage. He can feel but in a numbing way. He has issues with having sexual contact. He can get aroused but never can reach the final orgasm. He is numb in that area and it takes a lot out of him to try to have sex for any length of time. He has had so many surgeries because he used a catheter for over a year and when they removed it he had such increased pain when trying to urinate. They went in and fixed that issue but it was so painful he is scared to seek help for the other issue. Where do we start? What type doctor do we see? Due to the fact that he still has feeling throughout his body tells me his nerves are not dead therefore could be fixed. Am I wrong? He has pain in the area above the penis in his abdominal area if you push on it at all. Can you help us find a specialist in the Ft. Worth/Denton, TX. area?

  81. Can an Iliac Wing fracture affect the female organs, i.e., onset of Menstrual cycle? After my fracture, the first menstrual cycle afterward brought on lower abdominal pain that was unbearable. I have never had this problem before. I was given Nucynta for the pain which did managed the pain substantially. The rest of the cycle was somewhat painful. Again, abmormal for me. Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Sharon, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician who is familiar with your medical history and course of treatment. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

    1. Hi Saeed, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  82. Thank you for your informative site. I am traveling and recently fell off my bike because I decided to ride with my uggs on! Not smart. I went to the ER where they determined I had fractured the pelvis in two areas. (public bone and also near the hip joint. Initially, I had a soaring, painful sensation of shocks going right up the groin and vaginal area and obvious pain in the impact area. I was told to rest, given pain meds and gradually go to walker or crutches. It has been 2 weeks & in that time I have had pain on urination, lots of groin achiness and soreness in the vaginal area. I will be home in a home where I will see a sports medicine physician. I have read a lot but cannot find too much on the specific problems I seem to be having. Please note, I have no bleeding or other serious symptoms. Because I am susceptible to UTI’s I had some Levaquin which I started for the painful burning. Are my symptoms normal and in keeping with a pelvic fracture. They showed me the films & the “fracture lines” seem to be hairline but I am no radiologist! In advance, thanks for your input. I am planning on following up upon return to Dallas but was interested about the bladder/vagina involvement.
    Mary Anderson

    1. Hi Mary, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please contact our Coast to Coast (C2C) Program at 212-606-1610 or by email at C2C@hss.edu.

  83. my 90 year old father just fell. Hit his head and landed flat on his back. CAT scan revealed nothing to the head. but after having pain for 5 days, Doctor told him he Cracked his pelvis. Not sure what to do next. Can’t move, drive or fly.

    1. Hi Cassandra, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your father’s treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  84. I cracked my pelvis 7 years ago at age 53. It healed on it’s own. I now have days where I have issues walking. Most of the time it feels like you just sat a little to long and it needs to stretch out, but that isn’t the case. About three weeks ago I had a day were I could hardly walk all day long. The next day I was fine. Yesterday I had another spell, but worse and I’m not okay today. Do you think it could be related?

    1. Hi Barb, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  85. I was in an accident last year in mid of april. there were multiple fractures in my right hip joint like pelvis fracture,dislocation of femoral head.I had to face a surgery and doctors said that you are internally fit now but your leg will take time to gain strength again,,i am continuosly going for physiotherapy..6 months have been passed after i started walking but i still cant walk properly,,i cant do certain leg movements n also there is a continuos pain in my hip,,can u please tell me how much time it will take for complete recovery…

    1. Hi Asha, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  86. I had a revision of my total hip in July the post op xray was ok I developed sever groin and leg pain after physiotherapy the next day. Conservative therapy failed as I developed severe pain with any movement of the leg. I had an open reduction and fixation of the fracture on 1-30-14 Advise as to how long can I expect it to heal and how much stress I can put on my leg and pelvis Thanks

    1. Hi Nancy, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  87. I am a 63 year old female with fractured iliopubic pelvic fracture sustained from falling from a Segway. Seven weeks after the accident I had a repeat x-ray which showed ?no significant callus formation?. I do not have osteoporosis, my last bone scan was +.6, and I eat well. I am very concerned that there is no callus formation yet after seven weeks. Should I be concerned? Thank you for your time. This is second time submitting this. There was no response the first time.

    1. Hi Mary Arthur, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  88. If someone has a shattered pelvis would a doctor wait until the end of your 1st trimester to terminate the pregnancy? Somone just told me thats what happened to his girlfriend today and I think their full of crap.

    1. Hi Andrea, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

    1. Hi Bernice, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician, as the exercise prescription will vary based on the extent of the fracture. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  89. Sir, MY mother 63 years old.Two years ago my mother right pelvis get fractured and I was unable to identify.Two months later doctor declined to operate.Now she is bed ridden.What shall I do to mak her to walk

    1. Hello, thank you for reaching out with your question. It is best for your mother to have an in-person consultation with a physician in order to determine the best course of treatment. If you are interested in care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  90. I fell down a cement hole 7 feet deep at an outdoor cafe 2006…Ambulance driver said I fractured my coccyx but that it would heal on its own…I was septic at the time so still having in 2014!!!! aching pains in my pelvis, inflammation and pain in bowels, i suspect a fractured pelvic ring, thoracic injuries…my Dr. does not seem concerned…help

    1. Hi Mary, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  91. I was in an ATV accident 5 years ago I broke my pelvic and was in he hosp for over a month I had three surgeries on it and had an external fixator for almost 5 months they put 2 pins 2 plates and 10. Screws in my pelvic and I couldn’t walk for 9 months I now have a screw backing out in my right hip and my right hip is a good bit higher than my left it causes terrible constant pain and it”s getting hard for me to continue to walk I”m only 21 I have an appointment with my surgeon made and I was just wondering what could be don about my hip being higher than the other and my screw coming out??? Thank you for your time !!!

    1. Hi Tracey, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  92. hi
    i am a 60 year old in chronic pain have nerve damage on right side osteoporosis c.o.p.d and in june this year i had a tear in my knee had physcial therapy for 3 months now walking with quad can i am under care of a pain clinic i also had a hernia repair 4 years ago surgeon made 2 holes in my bladder have to catherize 2x a day the reason i am writing is because about 4 weeks ago i tripped over the quad cane and landed on my bad knee it broke skin a lot of pain anyway i was washing my body and i noticed a very hard lump on the right lower pelvic bone right where the crack of my thigh is and it seems to have gotten larger it only hurts if i press it and when i walk but the pain medication covers up a lot so i do not know how bad it really is can you give me your insight on this anything would be appreciated.i am on 125 mg fetanyl patch and 15 mg percoset for break thru pain.
    thank you
    Theresa

    1. Hi Theresa, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  93. I fractured my pelvis in 3 places on August
    my doctor and chiropractor says I’m doing well everything looks healed but still suffering a lot of lower back pain and my right leg is very weak and messed up and I have a hard time standing for a long period of time what do I do I take vitamins and joint medications and go to the chiropractor take warm baths ice my back I’m running out of ideas but I’m tired of the pain.

    1. Hi Amanda, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  94. I broke my pelvis in 4 places in June 2013. Two of the places are still painful, one is my sitz bone and one is my pubis. Sometimes I am pain free for a week and then the pain is back. Is this considered a normal recovery? I have been told I have good healing of the bones.Just wondering when I will be pain free?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Frank, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  95. My 91 year old mother fell at home and fractured the right side of her pelvis.on Sept.1. She only had severe pain the first few days. However the xray showed a fracture and the doctor said she would not need surgery but bed rest for the next 6 weeks. The doctor does not want her to put her full weight on her right leg. It is now 12 weeks since her fracture and she has had 2 additional xrays that still show no change in her fracture. My mother is now in a nursing home and afraid she will lose her ability to walk if she does not get some therapy. The doctor has not given her permission but she does stand and put weight on her right leg and does a few limited steps between bed and wheelchair and chair to toilet. Since she has no pain she feels comfortable doing this. However the doctor in the nursing home still thinks she must not try to walk. I am wondering if her pelvis will ever completely heal and if the doctor is being overly cautious in keeping her in a wheelchair. Before she fractured her pelvis she was able to walk without any assistance. However now she would like to be given the opportunity to at least use a walker. She would appreciate your advice. Thank you.

    1. Hi Leslie, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  96. About 35 years ago I fracture my pelvic it separated at the bottom and made one side higher than the other for years I had back problems I thought but it”s been my hips my rough side is swollen all the time I can”t stand very long or walk without pain. I can”t lay on my back or sleep on my side because of the pain. I still get sharp pain to my small the on my left foot. I”m in pain 24 7 I take 90 vic a month and that”s not enough. I should say I had back surgery in 2010 on my lower part of my back. The doc said this will help but it”s not a cure all. Any suggestion thanks gary

    1. Hi Gary, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  97. I was in a bad car accident a little over 2 weeks ago starting my 3rd week today Monday the 25th 2013 getting around with a walker I have a fracture in two places on the left hand side of my pelvis my left leg today feels like I have a pulled muscle on the top of the leg but I was a Wal-Mart on Saturday and was getting up and down out of their motorized wheel chairs so i’m thinking I overdid the muscles a little bit but should I get up more and walk with my walker or should I sit more today and rest that left side of my body

    1. Hi Cindy, we’re sorry to hear that. If you are still in pain, you should see a physician for an in-person consultation who can properly diagnose you. If you are interested in care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

    2. I’m starting my 4th week after a fractured pelvis in two places on the left side of my pelvis now my left ankle is slightly swollen I called my clinic this morning they said it’s late in the game for blood clots but it might be possible but kinda doubt it if the ankle isn’t better in a few days come and see a doctor. but I was wondering is it possible I sprained my ankle or tore a ligament being I’m still using a walker

  98. I am a 70 year old male. I ride my bike over 5000 miles per year. 4 days ago I took a spill on the bike trail. X-rays taken at the Urgent Care facility shows a crack in the left socket of the pelvis. From the beginning there’s been virtually no swelling or pain (unless I try to put weight on my left leg). I am taking 2 ibuprofen twice a day. Every day my mobility increases and I am getting greater movement in my leg with out pain, I saw an orthopedic PA yesterday and he confirmed the crack looking at the same x-ray and recommended a CT scan, At first I agreed but now am wondering why that is warranted based on my daily improvement and the absence of any pain while still. What would you find out from the CT scan that we don’t already know? Thanks in advance for you response. Bob

    1. Hi Bob, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  99. Hello, I’m 28 yrs old and fracture my pelvic bone after giving birth to my son 10 yrs old. I still get pain and cant walk right time to time and I also have my pelvic bone lock time to time. What can I do to not have this happen or get worst as I get older? Please help me.

    1. Hi Jesse, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  100. About a month ago, I had an MRI which showed: non –
    Displaced fractures of right superior and inferior pubic rami and: a hairline fracture of posterior superior right iliac. Significant edema within musculature around the pubic rami on the right, consistent with muscle strain.
    I have been using a cane, and a pain pill when needed. I am 81 years old and wondering how I”ll know when I”m healed?

    1. Hi Ann, thank you for contacting us. Regarding your situation, Dr. David Helfet, Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon, explains: ?Healing is assessed on no change in the plain x-ray and the ability to walk unassisted without pain takes about 6-8 weeks.? If you would like to receive further assistance at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  101. Hi My Mum and I were in a car crash in February 2012. Most of us have recovered well however my Mum experienced the most severe injuries – she broke her right clavicle, her ribs; resulting on fluid on the lungs and what has now been advised as three fractures on the right of her pelvis and one on her left. We are now well over 18 months and she is still experiencing terrible pain. She was never given surgery although she was advised one of her fractures healed 2cm apart. she just wants the pain to end is there anything that could help???

    1. Hi Catherine, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  102. Hi, I am a 28 year old male in good health. I had a bad motorcycle accident 6 weeks ago and fractured the left side of my pelvis with one distinctive crack top to bottom. I also fractured ribs 9 to 12 on the left side,badly bruised my kidney and had some bleeding in my lung.
    I live on a small island in the Outer Hebrides where medical advise is limited.
    I have a physically demanding job in a fabrication yard and would like to know what sort of time before i can return to work. Will this basic fractures always affect my mobility? The Doc’s and physio’s here come across clueless when I ask them any questions, its very frustrating!

    1. Hi Sean, thank you for reaching out. We recommend taking an x-ray and physical exam to further diagnosis you. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  103. Dear Dr. Inglis,
    I was run over by a truck and sustained a multiple open book unstable fracture of the pelvis. I was immediately transferred to a trauma facility and underwent ORIF as well as three months of external fixation. It’s been almost a year and though I have weaned off most of the pain meds, and the fractures have healed, I still experience a tremendous Amount of pain. The surgeon mentioned it was the worst fracture he had seen on someone who survived. So is it normal to still be in pain? My sacral nerves were crushed. I am walking unaided and exercising Regularly (2-3km walk per day, Pilates, physio, etc). No matter what I do the pain doesn’t go away. Is there anything else you can recommend?

    1. Hi Margaret, thank you for reaching out. In order to properly advise you, we recommend an x-ray and physical exam to check out the pain you are experiencing. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

      1. Like you, I sustained a severe pelvic fracture a number of years ago that required surgical reconstruction (plates and screws, etc.). After rehab and physical therapy, I have continued home exercises. I now walk with a cane and avoid stairs, both to minimize pain and to avoid further damaging the region (I’ve been told that I’ll eventually need a total hip replacement operation). The injury has been stable for years and I can ambulate (with a cane), and manage pain, using over the counter meds. The key seems to be to engage in enough physical activity to keep the joint flexible, but not so much as to risk further damage.

  104. My mother had a fracture of rami 2 weeks back. She was recovering well and was able to walk with walker. But suddenly the pain has increased beyond tolerable levels. Xray was repeated and no change was visible. The doctor has no answer. Can you please help and advice what should be done. She is 69years old and suffering deeply with even 1step.

    1. Hi Vandana ? Sorry to hear your mother is in pain. To determine the best course of treatment an in-person consultation is recommended. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service ? 877-606-1555.

  105. I was hit by a car on the zebra crossing on Monday. Luckily he wasn’t going very fast but the impact6 and weight of the car knocked me to the ground. I got up and seemed fine but my husband who arrived shortly after insisted I go to the Emergency Ward to have a check up. After an x-ray it turned out that I have a clean fracture on my pelvic bone ( pubis ). I was told to rest and use crutches when I need to get around. I have three kids and little help and am taking them to school on crutches. I only have a kind of pulling in my groin and a sense of weakness if I move around too much or walk too far. How long will it take to heal?
    Thanks,
    Irina.

    1. Hi Irina, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  106. I fractured my hip and pelvis last year in June and wasn’t sent to physical therapy until now. I have been on pain management medz and still am. Am I still surpose to be feeling pain after over a year and some months?

    1. Hi Pantrice, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  107. i had a pelvis fracture from a fall at work..and they fired me a few months later… the paperwork says i had a muscle strain… a dr 2 years later found a fractured pelvis…. worker comp sent me for a 312 examine and he ruled in my favor then worker comp fired him… now they ruled me not credible… and through the case out… here i am a 58 yr old women and still having great difficulity with my hip and leg and have to use a cart for assistance..what can i do to get help??.

    1. Hi Amy, Thank you for reaching out. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  108. I had an accident on a bike n fractured my pelvic.was treated n placed on crutches for 6weeks but when I sit down for 30 minutes I start feeling pain dat is mild but gradually become intense. Please how long will I have to feel pain n for how long am I to use the walking aid.I feel the pain even when I walk without the aid.please I love you to reply me using my mail.thanks tella

    1. Hi Tella, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

  109. Hi. I recently fractured my pelvis twice on my left side and once on the right due to an car accident. My doctor says I”m completely healed but I work a 12 hour shift, been 5 months since my accident. Will my body be able to take standing up for 12 hours?

    1. Hi, thank you for reaching out. It is best to consult with your treating physician in person so that they can give you a better diagnosis. If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please call our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555.

    2. I had fractured pubic ramii on both sides – now eight months ago. I went back to work after about six months to a job where I have to stand for 10 or 11 hours. It was a mistake to go back so early, as I have now had to be off sick. I could not manage the physiotherapy and being on my feet all day. The thing is it is not just a case of the bone healing, but you may have some damage internally to muscles and ligaments, for example, as well as to the bone. If you possibly afford to I would not rush back to work in your position. When you do go back to work it would be good if it were a phased return.

  110. My 34-year-old niece, who has osteogenesis imperfecta, broke her pelvis in 3 places may 2013. She did not have surgery and is home now in serious pain and bedridden.
    She is highly intelligent and generally very active.
    Can you suggest some activities or gifts that may help with the boredom and mainly with th pain. Thank You

    1. Hi Kathleen, thank you for reaching out. Lorraine Montuori, Social Worker, says: ?Sorry to hear about your niece?s situation. I hope she is beginning to feel better. Distraction and diversion, from pain and boredom, are the goals here. Try to think about specific interests that your niece has and incorporate that into activities. For example, we find that making beaded jewelry is a good activity for some of our patients who are in bed. It?s a fun activity that can be as timing consuming as the person?s energy allows for – and it makes for some great holiday gifts. Electronics are also very helpful: a wall mounted TV with remote control allows your niece to see the full screen from her perspective as well as gives her autonomy for what she wants to watch. Tablets are also incredibly helpful to people who are not able to be as active as they are used to being. The portability of tablets, plus their size and lightweight, makes use very easy for people in bed. Now might also be a time for your niece to try to learn something brand new: learn a new language with tapes, learn to knit, etc. Even if an activity doesn?t work out, just the effort of trying something should help with monotony.?

  111. I was in a bad accident in December and had to be cut outof the car. I ended up finding out like 2 weeks after that I have a fractured pelvis. Well the doctor says I am healed but I am still having bad pains and it is frustrating and he says it could be the cartilage or back and I”m young and it”s fine but why am I hurting bad pains I cant walk normal and one minute might be fine then the next I”m hurting and a popping feelingpain.

    1. Hi Melanie, We?re sorry to hear you?re in pain. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Allen Inglis Jr. says, ?Pelvic Fractures can take months to heal and some patients may experience discomfort for an extended period of time. We generally expect the pain to ease off, but the length of time varies. Changes in weather, humidity and temperature can also cause discomfort. You should follow up with your physician to ensure that all the fractures are healing or have healed. Although rare, these fractures can have a delayed union or nonunion and may require surgery to get them to heal. Also, if you had a fracture through the hip socket (the acetabulum) a certain amount of pain should be expected. If the problem persists or is unbearable please consult your surgeon regarding pain management options. If you?d like to make an appointment with an HSS physician, please contact our Physician Referral Service at +1.877.606.1555 or https://www.hss.edu/secure/prs-appointment-request.asp?pageid=6463.

  112. On July 4th of this year I fell and fractured my left supeior Ramis. I was treated in a local hospital for five days and then transferred to a Rehabilatation Center for fourteen days and physical therapy and aquatherapy for about five hours a day.i was discharged home and continued physical three days a week until December of 2012. I started to become concerned since even though I was up and walking the
    pain never improved. I decided to get a second opinion he plain film showed a non -union and was followed up by a Ct Scan which showed the same. I returned to my original surgeon and he advised me that the surgery would be difficult and he wanted to try treating the fracture with Forteo which was not followed up on. I consulted another surgeon who recommended surgery however I would require a bone graft plus a week in the hospital and six to eight weeks in a skilled nursing facility with physical therapy to build upper body dstrengnt. I would be allowed to use a walker when he felt I was ready limiting me to fifty steps per day. At his advice I consulted with two endocrinologists that felt surgery along with atwo year course of Forteo. I am extremely confused and I have had no follow up or therapy which I know cannot be good. I am getting weaker and have fallen several times. I want very much to get better instead it seems that I am going backwards, I would like an appointment with you as soon as possible. My phone numbers are 914-315-1310 or 914-575-7404. I really need help with someone that has confidence in correctingthis problem and I believe that you could help me. Please cosider seeing me so that I can get back to my normal life prior to this fall. Thank you for your consideration in consulting with me I am only
    58 and with hard work I know i can get back
    to where I want to me. I need a surgeon who
    is positive and willing to work with me. I hope to hear from you soon.

    SINCERELY,

    PATRICIA A. COVIELLO

    1. Hello I had a MVA 14 years ago a pretty badly smashed my pelvis in 5 different places. I was on bed rest for 3 months with the surgeons preferred it to heal on its own. 14 years later I”m in pain everyday. I have an app with my ortho surgeon next week to determine what is put next step. I”m the last xray it shows a lot of areas where the pelvis has healed but not straight could this be causing me all the pain?? What are my options. Is there a away I cm post my X-ray so you can see the healing. I”m just affraid to continue living with pain

    2. Hello, I had Acetabular fracture 13 years ago when I was in which I ended up having 2 plates and 15 screws in my left hip. My question is, with this type of surgery am i able to have children? I understand that i may not be able to have a child normally but instead have a C section done. Are there any other complications I may need to know?

      1. Hi Wendy, thank you for reaching out. Dr. Robert Buly, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: ?Even though the fracture has been plated there should be no obstacle to a normal delivery as long as the pelvis does not have a severe deformity. A severe deformity should not be present if the fracture was repaired anatomically.? If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

If you’d like to consider HSS for treatment, please contact our Patient Referral Service at 888-720-1982. For general questions and comments, reach us on Facebook or Twitter.