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Pelvic Fracture

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A pelvic fracture is a break in a pelvic bone or hip joint.

Hip and Pelvis

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.
  • You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough.
  • You cough up blood.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • Your legs and feet turn blue or feel cold and numb.

Call your doctor or orthopedist 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.

Medicines:

  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely. Some prescription pain medicines contain acetaminophen. Do not take other medicines that contain acetaminophen without talking to your healthcare provider. Too much acetaminophen may cause liver damage. Prescription pain medicine may cause constipation. Ask your healthcare provider how to prevent or treat constipation.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her 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.

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 as directed. Rest when you feel it is needed. Do not lift heavy objects.

Ice:

Apply ice on your hip joint or pelvis 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 before you apply it. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.

Walking devices:

You may need to use crutches or a walker until the fracture heals. Ask for more information about how to use a walking devices if needed.

Physical therapy:

A physical therapist may teach you exercises to strengthen your hips and legs after the pain is gone.

Follow up with your doctor or orthopedist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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