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When can driving be resumed after a pelvic fracture?

By Anonymous October 4, 2015 - 4:51pm
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My Father-In-Law age 89 broke his pelvic bone 6 weeks ago when he fell against a bathtub. He waqs too badly damaged to do surgery so he just has to heal. He also tore muscles and tendons. The Orthopetist told us 6 to 8 weeks recovery for the bone and another two months for the muscles and tendons. He has been having home physical therapy 2 to 3 times a week for 5 weeks now. We did not want him to drive until he is checked by the Orthopedist in 1 1/2 weeks. Well , we just found out he drove the other day. I am quite concerned that he has not recovered enough and could cause a setback in his recovery. What is your opinion?

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It is a good idea for him to be seen by the Orthopedist before he begins daily activities again such as driving. If his surrounding muscles, such as his thigh muscles are strong, then driving is may not be a risk. But he should probably not make that judgement call on his own. Going to far too soon can have negative long-term effects.

October 4, 2015 - 10:25pm
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