WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
A pelvic fracture is a break in 1 or more of your 5 pelvic (hip) bones. This also includes a fracture of the acetabulum, the part of your pelvis that makes up your hip joint. Pelvic fractures can be caused by a car accident or a fall from a great height. Some pelvic fractures are caused by minor falls or injuries.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your 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.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Limit activity as directed:
Get plenty of rest while your fracture heals. When the pain decreases, begin normal, slow movements. Slowly start to do more each day. Rest when you feel it is needed. Do not lift heavy objects.
Apply ice on your hip for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.
You may need to use crutches or a walker until your pelvic injury heals. Ask for more information about how to use these walking devices if needed.
A physical therapist may teach you exercises to strengthen your hip and legs once the pain is gone.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
- Your pain or swelling increases.
- You have new symptoms.
- You have a fever.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You cough up blood.
- Your leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
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