Pelvic Avulsion Fractures In Adults

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Pelvic Avulsion Fractures In Adults (Discharge Care) Care Guide

  • A pelvic avulsion fracture occurs when a part of the pelvic (hip) bone breaks and tears away. This happens when a muscle or tendon connected to the bone suddenly tightens so hard it pulls off part of the bone. Pelvic avulsion fractures are usually caused by activities or sports that need speed and sudden stops. Hurdlers, sprinters, long-jumpers, and soccer players are more likely to have a pelvic avulsion fracture.

  • You may feel a pop or have a sudden pain in the hip or groin. The groin is the area where your abdomen (stomach) meets your upper leg. You may also have trouble moving your hip and leg or trouble sitting or walking.

  • Tests to diagnose a pelvic avulsion fracture may include hip x-rays or a bone scan. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or a computerized tomography (CT) scan may also be done. Treatment will depend on how severe the fracture is. Sometimes only rest and exercises are needed to heal the fracture. Surgery may be needed for fractures that are severe or do not heal with other treatments. Ask your caregiver for more information about these tests and treatment.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Take your medicine as directed.

Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Ask for information about where and when to go for follow-up visits:

For continuing care, treatments, or home services, ask for more information.

Physical therapy:

You may need to see a physical therapist to teach you special exercises. These exercises help improve movement and decrease pain. Physical therapy can also help improve strength and decrease your risk for loss of function.

For support and more information:

Having a pelvic avulsion fracture may be life-changing for you and your family. Accepting that you have a pelvic avulsion fracture may be hard. You may contact the following for more information:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    6300 North River Road
    Rosemont , IL 60018-4262
    Phone: 1- 847 - 823-7186
    Web Address: http://www.aaos.org/

CONTACT A CAREGIVER IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have new symptoms.

  • You have chest pain or trouble breathing that is getting worse over time.

  • You have questions or concerns about your fracture, treatment, or care.

SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY IF:

  • You have increased swelling, pain, or redness in your hip.

  • You have trouble moving your leg or foot.

  • Your leg feels numb.

  • You suddenly feel lightheaded and have trouble breathing.

  • You have new and sudden chest pain. You may have more pain when you take deep breaths or cough. You may cough up blood.

  • Your leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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