Pelvis and hip injuries are extremely common among the elderly- as the body ages these bones weaken making them more susceptible to injury. In fact, a senior citizen can break these bones through something as simple as a minor fall. Though the older generation tends to see more pelvis injuries than the younger, more agile generations, after working as a Seattle motorcycle accident lawyer in a Bellevue personal injury law firm I have seen many young people sustain serious injury to their pelvis through a serious auto accident. In fact, 60% of pelvic fractures are the result of automobile crashes.
The pelvis supports the spinal column and upper body through a ring of 5 bones. The pelvis connects to the thigh bone (femur) through the acetebulum – a socket which gives us our leg movement. There are organs contained within the pelvis which can be injured if the pelvis bones break.
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There are several injuries that can occur in the hip region; type a, type b and type c. Type A is a stable fracture in which the bones of the pelvis are all still intact. This fracture is minor, does not interrupt the organs within the pelvis and can typically be treated through conservative methods without surgery. Type B fractures are characterized by a partial disruption of the pelvic bone placement. These are usually unstable injuries (the bones will not keep their proper placement) and require surgery to replace the bones. Type C fractures are the worst pelvic fractures- the pelvic bones are completely disrupted and unstable. These fractures can often be deadly as the bone fragments will often cause a considerable amount of internal bleeding and can damage the organs inside the pelvis. This type of injury requires extensive surgery and has a considerable recovery time. In surgery, the bones are realigned and kept in place by screwing a metal plate into the bones with long screws. Recovery from this surgery typically takes 4 to 6 months and requires physical therapy to completely recover.