- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
do you know anything about the pelvic bone and how ling it takes to heal
An Injury to the pelvic structure could encompass many different types of problems. The pelvis is actually two separate bones joined in the front below the abdomen and in the back with the end of the vertebral column, the sacrum. The bones are thick and broad through their greatest part, but the lower half of each bone is molded like handles that allow attachment of muscles for the legs. In addition there is a hole, or acetabulum, on the outward surface of each pelvic bone into which the thigh bone fits to form the hip joint. The healing of an injury depends on where the bone was injured and if the bone was broken, bruised, or in the worst case crushed.
One of the more common injuries that can occur is a fractured pelvis. Often this occurs when a person falls while walking or slips on a slick surface. A fall onto the buttocks can cause one or both sides of the pelvic bone to fracture, but it can also cause bruising to the pelvic soft tissue, the muscles, ligaments, organs, and packing tissue. A crushing injury usually occurs during an automobile accident, but is can also occur when a person is pinned between two solid surfaces.
The length of time that a pelvic injury takes to heal is in part due to the extent of the damage. This injury is very painful. There is a lot of space in the pelvic outlet and in the surrounding tissue for bleeding to occur. Any impact causes blood vessels to rupture and bleeding into the tissues occurs. When the pelvis is fractured, the soft tissue is not excluded from damage. If the skin is cut, bleeding occurs, but there is a way for the blood to escape. Because the blood from the ruptured vessels can't escape after a pelvic injury, it builds up, creating pressure and resulting in pain. The first three weeks are the worst. Most people do not feel that they can put weight on one or both of the legs and they do not want to move in or out of bed, as that casues a lot of pain, too. The disability that results from this kind of injury is often thought to be exaggerated by the sufferer, because the extent of the damage can't be seen by onlookers.
Provided that surgery was not required to fix the injured bones, a non-crushing pelvic injury should heal within 6-8 weeks. However, light exercise will help if it is introduced slowly after the third week and under the direction of a lisenced physical therapist. Sometimes there are complications with the movements of the pelvis as the two halves join in front, the symphasis; and in back, the sacroiliac joints. It is important to identify if there are going to be problems in these areas, because if the issues are not revsolved quickly, they can stick around for years.