Initial treatment of pelvic injuries will often include treatment of any other life threatening issues such as bleeding or damage to internal organs.
If the bones are not displaced, your doctor may recommend non-surgical treatments such as walking aids to limit weight bearing and medications to relive pain and reduce the risk of blood clots.
Bones that are displaced will often require surgical procedures. These include:
- External fixation – pins are inserted into the bone and fixed on the outside of the skin with interconnecting rods
- Skeletal traction – is a pulley system of weights and counterweights that provide tension on the bones to assist alignment
- Open reduction and internal fixation – metal plates and screws are attached to the bones to hold them together
Pelvic fractures take many weeks to heal, and patients can expect to have limited mobility for at least 3 months. Full recovery will often take 6 months, and sometimes up to 12 months depending on the severity of the injury. Physiotherapy will usually be prescribed. Due to the high risk of blood clots after pelvic fractures blood thinning injections are usually prescribed for 4-6 weeks also.