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23 Jul 2005

Fractured Pelvis
My Mother fell 3 1/2 wks ago on her side. She is 72. I made her have an abulance take her to the hosp. X-rays neg. Took her back 3 days later due to major pain. Again x-rays neg. Dr. said to do excerises and stop pain meds and don't let me baby her. Yesterday, MADE her Dr. order a scan. Of course, I was right, she has a fractured pelvis. So after 3 1/2 wks of using a walker and forcing herself to do stuff and not sleeping, she is miserable. What is her healing prognosis and how long should it take assuming it is a small fx?
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Rehabilitation after injury

01 Jan 0001

Dear Mody

Your mother should see a physiotherapist and/or biokineticist for pelvic stabilisation exercises and rehabilitation of this injury. She should have rested for 6 weeks to allow the bone to heal: this means taking it easy and avoiding stair climbing and heavy walking, but it is not a good idea to confine her to her bed or chair for 6 weeks. She may need crutches if she is limping alot. The physiotherapist/biokineticist will help reduce her inflammation and improve her pain, range of motion and flexibility. Depending on how fit she was before the injury and what other medical conditions she may suffer from, the repair of a pelvic fracture is approximately 6 weeks. She should not do anything that aggravates pain or swelling.

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