Dr. Mullis shares if rehabilitation is helpful for women who have fractured their pelvis.
The answer is yes, especially for higher-energy pelvis fractures because many times that’s not their only injury. So it’s very common to have rehab needs, whether that’s on an in-patient basis or outpatient basis following a pelvis fracture.
Even for an elderly patient with, what we call an osteoporotic fracture or a fracture of soft bone from a lower-energy injury, many times they need outpatient rehab or physical therapy to help them walk. They may need to learn to use a cane or crutches or a walker and that’s something the physical therapist helps work with a patient to gain their strength and their mobility back.
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.