Dr. Steven S. Louis is an integral part of the Hinsdale Orthopaedics team since 1997. Dr. Louis’ exceptional surgical skills are complemented by a personable style and dedication to the highest quality patient outcomes and satisfaction. He is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and is fellowship trained in the area of trauma.
Pubic Rami Fractures
Trauma & Fracture Specialist In The Greater Chicagoland Area
Dr. Steven Louis treats Pelvic injuries in the Emergency Department and at his office in Hinsdale, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Dr. Louis of Hinsdale Orthopaedics is a specially-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in pelvic injuries. Each of his patients receives a unique treatment plan matching their lifestyle goals. As a leader in the minimally invasive Direct Anterior Approach to hip replacement, he is an advocate of state-of-the art technologies that benefit his patients in many ways.
FAQs on Pubic Rami Fractures
What Is A Pubic Rami Fracture?
The Pubic Rami are four areas in the front of the pelvis. Due to this positioning, when damage to the areas of the pelvis occurs, the rami usually fracture first. Pubic Rami fractures are most common in the elderly as a result of a fall from a standing position or in those involved in a motor vehicle accident. A patient may experience groin and leg pain that may prevent them from walking. X-rays and, in rare cases, MRI’s will be used to diagnose a pubic rami fracture.
What Are The Symptoms of Pubic Rami Fractures?
The symptoms of a pubic rami fracture include:
- intense and sudden pain where the trauma occurred
- trouble moving the bone or joint
- pain when trying to move
What Are The Treatment Options For Pubic Rami Fractures?
Pubic Rami fractures typically heal without surgery and don’t usually cause permanent disabilities. Analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may help relieve pain. Because the Rami are a small part of the structural support in walking, and if this is the only area of the pelvis that is injured, Dr. Louis recommends that patients begin walking, bearing weight fully, as soon as possible. Typically, patients are comfortable in one to two months.