Dr. Mullis shares the most common causes of pelvic fractures.
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Usually it’s a high-energy injury. A true fracture, a break in the bone is usually a high-energy injury, so a high-speed car accident, a motorcycle accident, recreational vehicles like an ATV or a fall from a great height. Now in elderly patients and patients who have osteoporosis, it can be a simple fall from a standing height, a trip on the carpet, something of that nature. Now that’s fractures. Now many women do have opening of the pelvic ring during normal childbirth as a normal part of childbirth, and that does not require surgery as it will usually heal on its own. The pelvis will come back to its normal shape over time.