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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: Fractured Pelvis/Sacrum

 Emmyloo - Sat Aug 11, 2007 10:00 pm

As a result of a motor vehicle accident 2 1/2 weeks ago I have fractures to my pubis in two places (on the left) and a fractured sacrum (also on the left). So far it has been managed by immobilisation, however I am able to move around on a walking frame if i put weight on the right leg only. The left side remains extremely painful to move or put weight on. I am wondering how long it takes for this type of injury to heal: specifically how long before i can expect to be mobile and pain free?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:44 am

User avatar Hi Emmyloo,

As you have discovered, it takes a fair amount of force to fracture the pelvis and sacrum. Unfortunately it also takes a long time to heal. It is not uncommon for people with these fractures to be off the affected side for 6-8 weeks.

Your orthopedic doctor will be able to give you more specifics regarding the timing for you since he is aware of exactly what type and how bad your fracture was.

Best wishes.

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