The pelvis is the ring of bones between the hips. It connects to the spine and to the leg bones at the hip joints. Blood vessels, nerves, and muscles run through the pelvic ring and can be affected by a break. A broken pelvis also can affect the organs in the pelvic area.
A broken pelvis may need a few months to heal. Your child may have had surgery to repair the pelvis, depending on where it was broken and how bad the break was. The doctor may have put metal screws, pins, or a rod in your child's pelvis to fix the break. In some cases, surgery is not needed. While the pelvis heals, your child will need to keep weight off the hips. When your child is able to walk, a walker or crutches can help. You can help your child's pelvis heal with care at home. The doctor may prescribe medicine to relieve pain and prevent blood clots.
Healthy habits can help your child heal. Give your child a variety of healthy foods. And don't smoke around him or her.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
October 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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