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My grandson is in med school. Can he help me walk instead of pt? I broke my pelvis 2 months ago.

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Where is the break?

Depending on the area of the pelvis that is fractured, different types of rehabilitation may be necessary.
If only the pubic rami are involved, then a patient can be weight bearing as tolerated and work on walking and abductor and gluteal strengthening. This does not require formal physical therapy training. If other portions of the pelvis are involved (acetabulum), you probably best seek a formal therapist because you might need to be non-weightbearing until the fracture is stable.

In brief: Where is the break?

Depending on the area of the pelvis that is fractured, different types of rehabilitation may be necessary.
If only the pubic rami are involved, then a patient can be weight bearing as tolerated and work on walking and abductor and gluteal strengthening. This does not require formal physical therapy training. If other portions of the pelvis are involved (acetabulum), you probably best seek a formal therapist because you might need to be non-weightbearing until the fracture is stable.
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Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: No

He certainly could help you walk as you are recovering but not in place of pt.
The benefit of having pt work with you is that they use goals and indicators in their reports to help your doctors give you the best care. Not only this, but they are specially trained for optimizing your rehabilitation.

In brief: No

He certainly could help you walk as you are recovering but not in place of pt.
The benefit of having pt work with you is that they use goals and indicators in their reports to help your doctors give you the best care. Not only this, but they are specially trained for optimizing your rehabilitation.
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