Pelvis Fractures Specialist Questions and Answers
The Orthopedic Group has a specialist who can help with pelvic fractures. We serve patients from Leesburg VA, Lansdowne VA, Dulles VA, Woodburn VA, Watson VA, Sterling VA, Oak Hill VA, Broadlands VA, Brambleton VA, and Arcola VA. Contact our clinic for more information or read on for our Q&A!
Q: What are some signs and symptoms of a pelvic fracture?
A: The pelvis is bone at the hip level that’s made of several separate bones, and a fracture of the pelvis may be a fracture of one or more of these bones. A pelvic fracture is serious and requires treatment at the ER (emergency room), as the bone or bones are more likely to slip out of line. There are different types of pelvic fractures, including stable, unstable, closed, and open fractures.
An open fracture is one in which broken bone is visible. With a closed fracture, no bone is visible. An unstable fracture may have signs and symptoms like severe pain, some internal bleeding, paleness, clamminess, unconsciousness, or shock. You may have a stable pelvic fracture instead if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:
- Pain and tenderness in the hip, groin, lower back, buttocks, or pelvis
- Bruising and swelling over the area and possibly in surrounding areas
- Numbness or tingling in the upper thighs or genital area
- Blood in urine
- Vaginal bleeding in women
- And others
Remember, any kind of pelvic fracture is an emergency. Stress fractures of the pelvis are typically minor, but it can be difficult to tell whether a fracture is minor or not, and a pelvis fracture can worsen easily, so seek emergency care.
Q: What are the long term effects of a broken pelvis?
A: A pelvic fracture can worsen easily and quickly, so emergency care is necessary. After emergency care, it’s necessary to receive care from a professional like an orthopedist. If this professional care isn’t sought out, a patient may develop arthritis in the area, suffer from limited mobility, suffer permanent nerve damage, or have other complications. Even after professional treatment, a patient may still experience such issues. However, there are ways for a patient to manage issues like those and live a healthy, active life!
Q: How do you treat a fractured pelvis?
A: After or during emergency room care, the treatment for a fractured pelvis may be pelvic fixation which is the use of screws and a frame to hold the bones together and help with healing. After, pain management medication will be provided, possibly along with a blood thinner to prevent blood clots. The patient will require physiotherapy and bed rest too, and possibly crutches or a walking aide. In some cases, surgery may not be necessary.
A fractured pelvis really is a difficult injury for a patient to deal with, but with the short or long term support of a professional like one of ours at The Orthopedic Group, a patient can still live an active life.
Q: Where can I find a pelvis fractures specialist near me?
A: You can find a specialist right here at The Orthopedic Group! We have multiple locations in Leesburg, Lansdowne, and Stonesprings, so we ask that you see our Locations page for the clinic location near you, as well as its address and contact information. After, give us a call at that location if you believe you may need our care. You can book a consultation with us from that page.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need us, as there’s a lot we can do for you at The Orthopedic Group. We look forward to seeing you soon!