What is it?

Pelvic fracture occurs when one or more of the pelvic bones break- the sacrum, the coccyx, or the hip bones. The fractures could be either open, if the skin breaks up, or closed, if the bones do not pierce through the skin. Also, it could be categorized into a partial fracture (which does not go through all the bone) or a complete one- when the bone breaks into two pieces.
A stable pelvic fracture means there is only one break in the pelvis, and it is usually caused by minor injuries whereas an unstable fracture means there are more than two breaks. Pelvic fractures are more common in older people, especially minor fractures.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include pain in the back, groin, and hip which worsens when walking or moving the legs.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation includes imaging tests.


Treatment depends on the fracture’s features and the person’s overall health. Treatment may include rest, walking aids, pain relievers, and surgical procedures such as external fixation, skeletal traction, or open reduction and internal fixation

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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