Pelvic Fracture

By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/ Physical Therapist

Pelvic Fracture Overview


The pelvis is a large bony structure in the lower abdomen that supports much of the body’s structure. Technically there are 3 bones on each side that make up the pelvis. These are the Ilium, the ischium, and the Pubis. The thigh bone (femur) connects to the pelvis in a socket on each side (Hip joint). The Spine connects to the pelvis at the ilium with joints called Sacroiliac joints. A fracture in any part of the pelvic can cause issues with other areas.

Image of the Hip and Pelvis Arthritis

Image of the Hip and Pelvis


Can you walk around with a Broken Pelvis?

Pelvic fractures typically hurt! Often, a fractured pelvis occurs with trauma such as a car crash or a fall. It is possible to walk with a pelvic fracture, but it depends on where the fracture is. If the fracture is in an area that supports a lot of weight, it would likely be too painful to walk. Some people can walk with the assistance of a walker or crutches.

Pelvic Fracture Recovery Time

With mild fractures of the pelvis, healing usually takes between 6 to 10 weeks. With severe fractures, it can be much longer. Some pelvic fractures require surgery to repair. Those may require significantly more time to heal.
Because the pelvis has a round ring shape, when it is fractured, there is often a second fracture site that must heal within the pelvis.

Pelvic Fracture Symptoms

If there is a pain in or around the pelvis and trauma, a pelvis fracture is possible. If there is already thinning of the bone (osteoporosis), fractures are more likely with trauma. Pelvic fractures are typically diagnosed with an X-ray. CT scans are sometimes used if the X-ray is not definitive.

Why are Pelvic fractures life-threatening? How serious is a Pelvic Fracture?

Severe pelvic fractures can be very dangerous. There are major blood vessels and nerves that run through the pelvis, and a severe fracture could compromise one of them. With major trauma to the pelvis, a thorough medical evaluation should be performed.

Is a fractured pelvis the same as a Broken Hip?

A pelvic fracture is different than a hip fracture. A pelvic fracture involves the bones of the pelvis. A hip fracture typically refers to a fracture of the top part of the thigh bone (femur). The femur attaches to the pelvis in a socket called the acetabulum. The socket is not always involved with a hip fracture. It is possible to fracture both in extreme circumstances. If you need to schedule an appointment, call JOI-2000 or click the banner below.


JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.

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