How to Treat Pelvic Hairline Fracture


A pelvic hairline fracture, sometimes referred to as a stress fracture, is a tiny break in an area of the pelvic bone caused by overuse, repetative motion or high impact exercise. This is especially true in people who exercise only occasionally or who increase the intensity of exercise too quickly. Pelvic hairline fractures also result from improper stretching techniques. Regardless of the cause, stress fractures must be treated promptly and correctly to prevent a complete break from forming.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice pack
  • NSAIDs
  • Crutches
Pelvic hairline fractures are usually diagnosed through x-rays.
Pelvic hairline fractures are usually diagnosed through x-rays. (Image: dolgachov/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Avoid putting weight on the hip. Use crutches to walk. Stay off your feet as much as possible.

Use crutches.
Use crutches. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Step 2

Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, to help reduce pain and swelling. Read and follow the instructions on the medicine label clearly.

Ibuprofen tablets.
Ibuprofen tablets. (Image: Veniamin Kraskov/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 3

Ice the effective area three to four times a day for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Wrap an ice pack in a towel and gently hold it against the affected hip.

Ice pack.
Ice pack. (Image: Danny Smythe/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 4

Strengthen the bone with rehabilitative exercises. Ask your doctor to show you some stretches and range of motion exercises.

Rehabilitation exercises.
Rehabilitation exercises. (Image: Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images)

Step 5

Start with aerobic exercises that do not place pressure on the hip, like swimming and bicycling once you clear exercise with your doctor.

Swimming after approved.
Swimming after approved. (Image: Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • Always see a doctor for pelvic hairline fractures so he can determine the severity.
  • Avoid any activity that causes you pain at the fracture site.


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