Can You Walk With A Broken Pelvis?

A Broken Pelvis occurs normally as a result of a traumatic event like a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall. Since the pelvis is quite adjacent to many vital organs of the body, a broken pelvis may cause significant damage to other organs of the body which may require emergent treatment.

An individual with condition like osteoporosis is more likely to have a broken pelvis with even minor injuries than the general population. This is seen especially in the elderly. The treatment for a broken pelvis is quite variable and can be both conservative and surgical depending on the extent of the fracture and the location.

Minor cracks can be treated conservatively with braces and other support to hold the pelvis while the bone heals. However, broken pelvis caused by high intensity accidents may require surgical procedures to treat the condition.

Can You Walk With A Broken Pelvis?

Can You Walk With A Broken Pelvis?

The answer to this question is yes with minor cracks in the pelvis the patient may be able to walk but it may be too painful and may prevent adequate healing of the bone.

However in cases where surgery is required to fix broken pelvis, the patient will be asked to stay away from walking until the fracture heals completely and there is enough strength in the pelvic structure to bear the weight of the body before any attempts are made to walk.

Normally, it takes quite a few months for a broken pelvis to heal completely. In case if surgery is required to fix the condition then it may take up to about six months before the patient can return back to normal activities.

While recuperating from a broken pelvis, it is important that no weight be put on the hips. This is the reason why it is recommended not to walk with a broken pelvis.

Thus while walking may be a possibility with a minor case of a broken pelvis although it may be painful, it is generally not recommended as it hinders healing of the fracture and increases the risk of potentially serious complications that may arise due to a broken pelvis.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 9, 2018

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