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Recovery from fractured pelvis

Old 07-30-16, 04:28 PM
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Recovery from fractured pelvis

Into end of week 3 after my crash resulting in a fractured pelvis. Lucky in that I do not require surgery. Doctors say 6-8 weeks, though after my 2 week X-Ray and evaluation, the doctor said "You will be on crutches for months" Did not say how many months, but not what I was hoping to hear.

Of course, this is the year at age 60 that I took up both velodrome track riding and crit racing, but crashed on my way back from watching a race.

I know that every person is different and injuries are different, but would like to hear from others that have gone through this.

My first week was pretty bad. The pain was the worst ever. Now, much better, in fact, have to be careful I don't forget and accidentally step down on the injured left side. I go back for my next x-ray and evaluation at week 6, so that's 3 weeks from now.

Been doing some basic upper body resistance band work, just to do something and not lose total fitness.

We have a spin bike in our gym, so hoping at week 6 to be able to get on there and spin very lightly.
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Old 07-30-16, 05:00 PM
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What part of your pelvis?

I fractured mine and broke my heel at the same time, so getting around was really, really painful at first. Especially sitting up to get out of bed. Had to use a bed pan for a week. Eventually, I tied a long rope to the bottom of the bed, so I could pull myself up at night without having to wake my spouse.

Wheelchair for a couple weeks, then crutches.

I was back on the trainer in 6 weeks (very slow for 20 minutes) and riding outside again after 6 months. The heel was really the thing that held me back, so you should be back sooner.

Good luck!
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I cracked a Femur... 30 years ago ..
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Wow OP, I'm sorry to hear of your injuries and hope you recover and return to our sport.

All the best but listen to your Dr and take things easy as regain your strength.
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Was this 'just' the lobe that sticks out for your hip? A friend of mine cracked his this past winter, his bike went down on some black ice, he seemed incredibly feeble at the time, using a walker if he could move at all, but was really good as new in I would guess 8 weeks.
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Old 07-30-16, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by f4rrest View Post
What part of your pelvis?

I fractured mine and broke my heel at the same time, so getting around was really, really painful at first. Especially sitting up to get out of bed. Had to use a bed pan for a week. Eventually, I tied a long rope to the bottom of the bed, so I could pull myself up at night without having to wake my spouse.

Wheelchair for a couple weeks, then crutches.

I was back on the trainer in 6 weeks (very slow for 20 minutes) and riding outside again after 6 months. The heel was really the thing that held me back, so you should be back sooner.

Good luck!
Ouch, it was hard enough to get around with just this injury. Don't know exactly the name of the bone I broke, I should know. I think its' the one that the hip bone goes into.

You are right, getting in and out of bed at the beginning was torture, much better now. I'm encouraged at how fast you got back to riding, though the six months till riding outside sounds bad.

In the winter I ride mostly indoors anyway due to asthma, although this year most of my indoor riding was in the Velodrome and don't know when I could go back to doing that. I do feel that it's getting better, much less pain. I actually worry about forgetting I have the injury and stepping down on the injured foot.
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Old 07-30-16, 09:14 PM
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Was this 'just' the lobe that sticks out for your hip?

that would be the Iliac Crest
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I am in recovery also from a broken pelvis. Walker and wheelchair for 8 weeks. Presently using a walker with50 percent
Weight bearing on injured side for 4 weeks. I broke upper and lower ramus in multiple spots with no surgery.
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I had an acetabular fracture on my left hip . . . so basically, my femur punched a hole through the socket of the hip. Worst pain I've ever experienced in my life.

I was completely non-weight-bearing on my left side for three months, for the purpose of avoiding surgery. My ortho doc told me to put absolutely no pressure whatsoever on my leg, so I couldn't even spin. I followed his advice, didn't have to have surgery, and I've completely recovered. So, my advice is to follow your doctor's advice explicitly, no matter how much you want to work out or spin or do whatever.
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Wow, yeah mine was the illiac crest, so not the weight-bearing section.
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