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Pelvic Fracture Physiotherapy

A pelvic fracture refers to a crack or break in one or more bones in the pelvis.

These types of fractures can cause

  • pain and difficulty walking or standing
  • some may also cause bleeding from pelvic cavities due to the fracture’s close proximity to major blood vessels
  • and difficulty urinating

Thankfully, pelvic fractures in the United States are relatively rare, making up 0.3% to 6% of all fractures.

They are most common in people aged 15 to 28 years. Before the age of 35, males experience a higher incidence of pelvic fractures than females. After 35, females experience pelvic fractures more often than males.

Our senior physiotherapists help people with pelvic fractures

What is a Pelvic Fracture (Hip Fracture)?

A pelvic fracture is a crack or break in one or more of the pelvic bones, which are located at the base of your spine.

(When you "put your hands on your hips," your hands are actually resting on one of your pelvic bones, the ilium.)

 Our pelvis consists of 3 bones:

  • ilium
  • ischium
  • and pubis

The acetabulum (hip socket) connects the pelvis to the hip bone, which forms the hip joint. The pelvis can fracture in any of these locations.

A pelvic fracture can result from a low-impact or high-impact event.

Low-impact pelvic fractures most commonly occur in 2 age groups:

  • adolescents
  • and the elderly

Adolescents typically experience fractures of the ilium resulting from an athletic or sports injury (eg, football, hockey, skiing) or an activity, such as jogging. Pelvic stress fractures also can occur from repetitive impact activities, such as ballet or gymnastics.

Elderly people can experience pelvic fractures after minor falls if they have osteoporosis, or simply because their bones have become porous, thinned out and weakened. In some cases, spontaneous fractures (without an apparent outside cause) can occur in people with weakened bones; cancer also can weaken the pelvic bones and lead to a fracture.

The elderly frequently have fractures of the thicker part of the pelvic bones.

These "pelvic ring fractures" result from falling onto the side of the hip. These types of falls can be caused by

  • balance problems
  • vision problems
  • medication side effects
  • general frailty
  • or by encountering unintended obstacles such as pets underfoot, slippery floors, or unanchored throw rugs

Low-impact pelvic fractures often are considered as mild fractures; they may heal with several weeks of rest. Our senior physiotherapists help individuals with low-impact pelvic fractures

High-impact pelvic fractures most commonly result from major incidents such as

  • motor vehicle accident
  • a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle
  • or a fall from a high place

These pelvic fractures can be

  • life-threatening
  • require emergency care
  • surgery
  • and extensive pelvic physiotherapy rehabilitation

Our senior physiotherapists work with people recovering from pelvic fractures immediately following surgery, and continue treatment until their movement, strength, and balance are restored to their fullest potential.

how our senior physiotherapists can help

Pelvic fracture recovery may involve surgery, prolonged immobilization, or long periods of relative inactivity. Athletes must avoid all sport activities until their pelvic pain has resolved. During these periods of rest, which usually last for weeks to months, patients often loses

  • strength
  • flexibility
  • endurance
  • balance abilities

Physical therapists can help you recover from a pelvic fracture by improving your:

  • Pain level
  • Hip, spine, and leg motion
  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Speed of healing
  • Speed of return to activity and sport

When you are cleared by your orthopedic doctor to begin your pelvic fracture physiotherapy, our senior physiotherapist will design a specific treatment program to speed your recovery, including exercises and treatments you can do at home. This program will help you reach your recovery goals and return to your normal life and activities.

First 24 to 48 Hours

Following a pelvic fracture, we may help you learn to use an assistive device so you can move around your home without walking on the leg of the injured side. This will more commonly apply to low-impact pelvic fractures. More severe pelvic fractures may require you to initially use a wheelchair; we can instruct you in its safe usage.


We will design an individualized rehabilitation program to address your specific condition and goals. It may include treatments to:

Reduce pain

We may use different types of treatments and technologies to control and reduce your pain, including

Restore movement

We will choose specific activities and treatments to help restore normal movement in the leg and hip. These might start with passive motions that we will apply to your leg and hip joint, and progress to active exercises and stretches that you perform yourself. Treatment can involve manual therapy to improve muscle flexibility and to increase mobility in your

  • hip
  • spine
  • pelvis.

Improve strength

Certain exercises will benefit your healing at each stage of recovery. As your healing progresses, and based on your age, strength, and health status, we will choose and teach you an individualized exercise program that will help to restore your strength, power, and agility.

These exercises may be performed using free weights, resistance bands, weight-lifting equipment, and cardio exercise machines, such as treadmills and stationary bicycles. Muscles of the hip and core are often targeted following a pelvic fracture.

Improve balance

he hip area contains many muscles that are vital for balance and steadiness when walking or performing any activity. We will teach you effective exercises to restore their strength and endurance to help you regain your balance.

Speed recovery time

We're trained and experienced in choosing the treatments and exercises to help you heal, get back to your normal life, and reach your goals faster than you might be able to do on your own.

Promote a safe return to activities

We will collaborate with you to decide on your recovery goals, including your return to work and sport. Your treatment program will be designed to help you reach your goals in the safest, fastest, and most effective way possible.

We may teach you sport-specific exercises and work retraining activities, depending on your specific situation. Athletes will be taught sport-specific techniques and drills to help achieve their goals.

Prevent fatigue and promote walking

We can recommend a home-exercise program to strengthen and stretch the muscles around your hip, upper leg, and core to help prevent future problems, such as fatigue and walking difficulty.

Your pelvic fracture physiotherapy program may include strength and flexibility exercises for the hip, thigh, and core muscles.

Prevent falls

We will review with you and your family ways to prevent falls in your home.

These fall-prevention strategies may include clearing the floors of loose obstacles (eg, throw rugs, mats), placing sticky mats in the shower and on the bathroom floor, installing grab bars or rails for the shower, toilet, and stairs, wearing nonslip house shoes, and preventing pets from walking near your feet.

If Surgery Is Necessary

If surgery is required, our senior physiotherapists will help you with post-surgery physiotherapy

  • minimize pain
  • restore motion and strength
  • and return to normal activities in the safest and speediest manner possible after surgery

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Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.


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It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.


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It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance. Having regular deep tissue and sports massage will keep your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.

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All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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