Treatment for Pelvic Fractures

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The pelvis is the sturdy ring of bones located at the base of the spine.  Fracturing your pelvis is so rare it accounts for less than five percent of adult fractures.  At The Physical Therapy Experience, our orthopedic physical therapy in Smithtown can help treat you today!  

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Causes
There are a number of factors that determine a pelvic fracture from age, bone strength, and the situation itself:

  • High Velocity ImpactsAuto accidents, motorcycle accidents, and even hiking one wrong step and that’s all it takes. For those who regularly experience slip and fall accidents, a fall from a high enough platform can result in serious pelvic damage.  
  • OsteoporosisThis disease mostly targets the spine, wrists, and hips which leaves them to be weaker and brittle. As a result, a fall or hard-core impact to your body can result in a pelvic fracture.

Diagnosis
Because of a pelvic fracture, the kidneys, bladder, genitals, and intestines are all at risk.  When you need help getting back on your feet after your fracture, our orthopedic physical therapy in Smithtown will be here to help you.  There are other ways to see if you do have a pelvic fracture.

  • X-RaysX-rays are able to get clear pictures of highly dense substances including bones.  When it comes to X-rays for pelvic fractures, multiple scans are taken from as many angles as possible.  This helps the doctor see how bad the damage is.
  • A computed tomography (CT) scanThese types of scans are also used to see how bad the pelvic fracture is because the picture is clearer and is easier to diagnose.  A CT scan is ordered if the damage is severe enough, and the doctors can see which organs are damaged.

Treatment

There are a number of factors when it comes to treating a pelvic fracture: the way the pelvis was fractured, how damaged the organs were injured, and how your overall health is.  Your doctor may use casts and crutches to help heal your pelvis and to keep your weight off of it as well. Our staff may also use light weight training and exercises to slowly build back strength. However, if the damage is truly severe, surgery may be an option but that is more of the last case scenario variety.  If you fracture your pelvis, our orthopedic physical therapy in Smithtown can give you the treatment you need.  


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