Broken pelvis: How to manage one

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A broken pelvis requires immediate medical care. It is important to note that the pelvic bones provide support to the internal organs and a stable base for the legs. Even after a trip to the emergency department, certain measures are necessary to help cope with the pain from a broken pelvis for some time.

Management of a broken pelvis

Due to the location of the pelvis bones, they could not be supported with a cast. Surgical intervention is necessary which involves reassembling of the pelvis while at the same time adding internal support using screws and plates.

In most cases, the doctor will suggest anti-inflammatory medications to lessen the pain and swelling.

The doctor might only require bed rest if the break is small and does not disrupt with the stability of the pelvic ring. After surgery, the doctor might recommend bed rest for several weeks or even months depending on the seriousness and position of the fracture.

Medical care for pain

The swelling that arises close to the site of the broken pelvis places pressure on the nerves that can worsen the discomfort. In most cases, the doctor will suggest anti-inflammatory medications to lessen the pain and swelling.

Remember that a broken pelvis will continue to cause pain as it heals. The pain can be relieved using narcotic medications for the discomfort and muscle relaxants that provide indirect relief as the tight muscles loosen.

The individual should inform the doctor of his/her pain levels so that the dosage of drugs is enough to lessen the pain without unnecessarily causing any side effects.

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