Your pelvis is the large, complicated ring of bone that connects your legs and your backbone. It's actually made of several different bones held together by ligaments. Any of the bones in your pelvis can break. All broken bones are considered fractures. For more information, see Overview of Broken Bones Overview of Broken Bones All broken bones are considered fractures. It doesn't matter whether it's just a little crack or a big break with lots of pieces. Broken bones hurt a lot and cause swelling Your bone may look... read more .
A broken pelvis can be very serious depending on which bones are broken and how badly
A broken pelvis is painful, even when you're sitting or lying down
Severe pelvic fractures can cause heavy bleeding and other internal injuries
Depending on the type of fracture, doctors may treat you with just bed rest or you may need surgery
In young people, pelvic fractures are usually caused by:
Older people can get a broken pelvis from a less severe injury, such as falling when they:
Osteoporosis Osteoporosis Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens your bones. Your bones become thinner and more fragile. This is called a loss of bone density. If you have osteoporosis, your bones break more easily... read more weakens your bones and makes your pelvis more likely to fracture if you fall.
Doctors will treat a minor pelvic fracture by having you:
Doctors treat a severe pelvic fracture by first stabilizing the pelvis by wrapping it in cloth or a brace. Then doctors will:
If you still have lots of bleeding, your doctor may try:
Embolization: Your doctor injects the bleeding blood vessels with something that can block the vessel and stop the bleeding
Pelvic packing: Your doctor does surgery to put materials in your pelvic area that soak up the blood and put pressure on the blood vessels to help them stop bleeding—once the bleeding stops a few days later, your doctor will do surgery again to take out the materials and fix your broken pelvis bones
After the broken bone heals, you'll need to do exercises to get your strength back.