Most of us are aware of the fact that any skeletal part of the body has the likelihood to get broken when subjected to high energy forces. We are all aware of the significant bony structure in our lower part of the body. But, have we ever paused to what fracture in the pelvic region would be.
The pelvis is the sturdy set of bones at the end of the spine. It holds and protects the major nerves, blood vessels, and portions of the bowel, bladder, and reproductive organs from injury. It also serves as an anchor for the muscles of the hip, thigh, and abdomen.
Most of the pelvic fractures are due to high energy events, such as a car collision or a fall from a significant height. As the pelvis is in close vicinity to some major blood vessels and organs, a trauma in this area would lead to extensive bleeding and accompanied by injuries to the other organs. Because of which, urgent attention required in the occurrence of this fracture. In some instances, even a minor fall in an older adult with weak bones can cause a fracture to the pelvis.
Fractures to this area are not as common only three per cent of all skeletal injuries are due to pelvic fractures. Of which, open pelvic fracture contributes only two to four per cent of the pelvic fractures. Among the pelvic fractures, about 55% are stable whereas around 25% of rotational instability and the rest are rotational and vertical instability.