Hip and Pelvic Fractures

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Bones in the hip or pelvis are considered fractured when there is either a crack in the bone or a completely broken bone. Typically, a fracture in the hip or pelvis is the result of blunt force trauma to the bone from an event such as a motor vehicle accident or a bad fall.

There are several different types of fractures. Some people experience a stable fracture, where there is only one break in the pelvic ring. Low energy fractures (which are usually the result of disease affecting the bone) often cause stable fractures.

Unstable fractures typically involve two or more breaks in the pelvic ring where the ends of the bones do not line up properly. This type of fracture will likely occur as the result of a high energy fracture (which typically is the result of a car accident, industrial accident or high height fall).

People with a pelvic or hip fracture will feel pain that is often aggravated by moving or walking. They can also develop swelling or bruising in the area. 

If you experience pain in the hip or pelvis, it is recommended that you see a doctor to rule out a fracture or other conditions which may not necessarily heal on their own. Non surgical treatments include the use of walking aids to avoid bearing weight on the leg like crutches or a walker as well as the use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications.

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Fractures in this area of the body should be addressed quickly and often require surgery. While patients of all ages are susceptible to fractures of the hip and pelvis, elderly patients with osteoporosis are most at risk as they could suffer a fracture from even a low impact fall. Often, a hip or pelvis fracture can also injure soft tissue, such as ligaments and/or tendons, which pass through openings in the pelvic bones.

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