ASK THE EXPERT: PELVIC FRACTURES

by Dr. Allan Inglis Jr.
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.

orthopedic surgeronQ5. 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).

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Comments

Patricia A.Coviello says:

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 trytreating 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 whuch 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

HSS on the Move says:

Dear Patricia, We’re sorry you’re having such pain and trouble recovering from your fall. Thanks for reaching out to us. A representative from our Physician Referral Service will contact you shortly. You can also reach the Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 or https://www.hss.edu/secure/prs-appointment-request.asp.

Maryanne says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Maryanne, thank you for reaching out. For more information on pelvic fractures, visit http://www.hss.edu/conditions_pelvic-fractures-acetabular-fractures.asp. If you wish to receive at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Wendy says:

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?

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Melanie Priddy says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Kathleen B says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

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.”

Humble says:

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?

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Susi says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Susi, thank you for sharing your input!

tella says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Amy Prescott says:

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??.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Pantrice Wiley says:

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?

HSS on the Move says:

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.

irina says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Vandana says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

M says:

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?

HSS on the Move says:

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.

B. Demczyk says:

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.

Sean says:

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!

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Catherine Winter says:

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???

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Ann says:

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?

HSS on the Move says:

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.

jesse says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Bob Evans says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

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.

cindy says:

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 wallmart 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

HSS on the Move says:

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.

cindy says:

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

gary killens says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Leslie Moore says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Frank says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

amanda says:

I fractured my pelivs in 3places on August
my doctor and chirpropractor 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 vitams and joint meds and go to the chiropractor take warm baths ice my back I”m running out od ideas but I”m tired of the pain.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

theresa velazquez says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Tracey Fisher says:

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 2pins 2plates 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 appt with my Sergon 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 !!!

HSS on the Move says:

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.

mary says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

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.

V.SRIDHAR says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Bernice Leonard says:

I have a hair line cracked pelvic what exercise should I do ?

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Andrea says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Mary Arthur says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

nancy mcdonald says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Asha says:

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…

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Barb Orshoski says:

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?

HSS on the Move says:

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.

cassandra says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Mary Anderson says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

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.

saeed ahmed says:

for minor pelvic fracture,what patient use to take rapidly recovery from medison, and diet also

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Sharon says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Tina says:

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?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Tina, thank you for reaching out. We will be contacting you via email shortly.

Valerie says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Yusuf says:

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 im doing my sprints. But it wasnt as painfull. For now as im 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. Im 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

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Sharon Federer says:

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?

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Frans says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Elizabeth says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Elizabeth, thank you for reaching out. For more information on pelvic fractures, please visit http://www.hss.edu/conditions_pelvic-fractures-acetabular-fractures.asp. 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.

Nisha says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

bhagwan singh says:

hello Dr. sir , i am 26 years of age, i got mild split /fracture of pelvicbone from the inner side of floor on 7th april,2014,as the shown in your above-mentioned fig. but i am type -1 diabetic since16 years. Dr suggested me to take bed rest for 4 months . how it is possible for me in this position of diabetic. Plz. give me more suggetions.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Bhagwan, thank you for reaching out. For more information on pelvic fractures, please visit http://www.hss.edu/conditions_pelvic-fractures-acetabular-fractures.asp. 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.

Randall Harrell says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Randall, thank you for reaching out. For more information on pelvic fractures, please visit http://www.hss.edu/conditions_pelvic-fractures-acetabular-fractures.asp. 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.

Kellie Eaton says:

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..

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Rahim says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Rahim, thank you for reaching out. For more information on pelvic fractures, visit http://www.hss.edu/conditions_pelvic-fractures-acetabular-fractures.asp. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician so they could better advise. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

rolisa says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Rolisa, thanks for reaching out. For more information on pelvic fractures, click here: http://www.hss.edu/conditions_pelvic-fractures-acetabular-fractures.asp#.U3pgdtJdXTo. 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 http://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

Lynn says:

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 xrayed 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

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Lynn, thanks for reaching out. For more information on pelvic fractures, click here: http://www.hss.edu/conditions_pelvic-fractures-acetabular-fractures.asp#.U3pgE9JdXTo. 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 http://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

Lori says:

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?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Lori, thanks for reaching out. For more information on pelvic fractures, click here: http://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 http://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

JOHAN BARTMANN says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Johan, thanks for reaching out. For more information on pelvic fractures, click here: http://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 http://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 http://www.hss.edu/international-center.asp#.U4SaTXJdXTo.

Lori Ross says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Lori, thanks for reaching out. For more information on total hip replacement, click here: http://www.hss.edu/condition-list_hip-replacement.asp. 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 http://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

Lori Ross says:

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?im allergic to NSAID medication .Thank You can’t be up all night like this ,groin pain is intense.

B. Demczyk says:

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.

Mark Rock says:

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?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Mark, thank you for reaching out. For more information on pelvic fractures, please visit http://www.hss.edu/conditions_pelvic-fractures-acetabular-fractures.asp. It is best for your daughter to consult with her treating physician. If she wishes to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Jonathan says:

I fractured my pelvis on January 26th. I was in major painthe first week or 2. But then it eased off to where i wasnt 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 dont require surgery or physical therapy or anything. He didnt 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 alot. I saw him recently and he said the line in the fracture is still there but there is healing all around the bone. Im reading and it said fractured pelvis take 8-12 weeks, why is mine taking so long?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Jonathan, thanks for reaching out. For more information on pelvic fractures, click here: http://www.hss.edu/conditions_pelvic-fractures-acetabular-fractures.asp#.U7qkX5RdXTo. It is 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.

KOMAL says:

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?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Komal, thank you for reaching out. Click here to learn more about pelvic fractures: http://www.hss.edu/conditions_pelvic-fractures-acetabular-fractures.asp#.U71rcpRdXTo. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician who is familiar with your medical history. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

theron caldwell says:

I was hit by a car in north mpls my left hip is fractured.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Theron, thanks for reaching out. For more information on hip fractures, click here: http://www.hss.edu/conditions_pelvic-fractures-acetabular-fractures.asp#.U80hWZRdXTo. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Lori Ross says:

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,

Lori Ross says:

I submitted on July 26 at 3 in the am exhausted from pain please see post thank you.

kandace says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Valeria Alvarez says:

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.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

beverly Heard says:

Fell on root on august 12 2014. Pain is unbearable. I am 54 yrs old. And on disability. I have a pain management dr,he would not send referral, for a x ray, i went to prompt care w/o success, and sent home to take ibrophin or tylonol. I have meds that are prescribed to me for other medical injuries that occured in the 90s. I go to my pm dr on the 4th of sept. I know he will not believe me. I need help.

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Jasmine says:

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!?

HSS on the Move says:

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.

Rosemarie says:

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?

HSS on the Move says:

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.

kate says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

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

Ross Dickey says:

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

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Ross, thank you for sharing!

Chrissy says:

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!

HSS on the Move says:

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

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