Dr. Mullis shares the most common causes of pelvic fractures.
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.
About Dr. Mullis, M.D.:
Dr. Brian Mullis, M.D., is the Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma Service and Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. He has a special clinical interest in orthopaedic trauma and post-traumatic complications with a focus on pelvis and acetabulum fractures, peri-articular fractures of both upper and lower extremity, bone healing, nonunions, malunions, deformity and post-traumatic infections.