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post-hospital activity guidelines for traumatic pelvic fracture: discharged without specific movement limitation instructions


Posted by catren

33 yo female in auto accident with only injury traumatic pelvic fracture.  3 days in hopital revealed no complications. Sent home without activity orders other than PT instruction with crutches.  How much should she be out of bed.  Is there a problem with sitting or lying in any specific positions? (every movement causes much pain).
 
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Hi Catren,

I am so sorry to hear about your injury. It  is very stressful when every movement causes pain.

According to healthinfofortranslation.org which is published by the Ohio State Medical Center and Mount Carmel Health, you will need to limit your activity for several months and use crutches or a walker to help your bones heal.

You may want to ask your doctor about physical therapy to strengthen your muscles.

It you are using acetominophen (tylenol) or Ibuprophen (advil), please follow the directions. Don't take any other medication that contains these pain killers along with your prescribed ones. Acetominophen at high doses is very toxic to the liver.

If you were an active person before this accident, you may find your limited mobility very frustrating. Go easy. Listen to your body about how much to move around.

Do you have family and friends close by? Can they take turns helping you with cooking, shopping and housework for several weeks? Don't be shy about asking for help.

Call your doctor right away if you have a fever over 101 degrees, the pain and swelling gets worse, your skin is very itchy, swollen or has a rash or if you have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing. These are symptoms of serious problems that need immediate attention.

Best to you!

 

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