Pelvis Fractures: Episode 76

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Pelvis Fractures: Episode 76

  • In this episode: There are several kinds of pelvis fractures. Most can be broken into two sub-headings, stable and unstable. The mostly commonly treated pelvis fracture at our clinic is an avulsion fracture.

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Brief overview of the episode:

           The pelvis is made up of 3 bones; sacrum, coccyx and hip bone. The hipbone is made up of 3 bones that are fused; ilium, ischium and pubis. This results in a structure that looks like a ring.
            Because of this ring structure often times a fracture to one area of the pelvis will be accompanied by a 2nd fracture. Causing an unstable fracture that needs to be corrected surgically.
            A stable fracture can also occur. Often times not requiring surgery. The most common of which is known as an avulsion fracture. This is when a tendon/muscle pulls of a piece of the bone. It is most common during the teenage years but can occur throughout the lifespan.
            Unstable fractures of the pelvis are caused by high velocity mechanisms. Motor-vehicle accidents, falls from height or crush injuries. Avulsions typically occur as sports injuries, overuse, or slips and falls.
            Recovery times vary greatly. Typically stable fracture can heal between 6-8 weeks. Unstable fracture can take a good deal longer 10+ weeks because surgery is almost always necessary. Also due to the high velocity nature of unstable fractures there are usually additional injuries sustained beyond the fracture(s).
 

Other episodes you might enjoy:

Proximal Hamstring: Episode 75
Avascular Necrosis: Episode 68
Joint Replacement: Episode 33
 

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