Exercises that preserve range of motion and strength, such as leg lifts and hamstring stretches, can help improve healing of a pelvic fracture without placing weight on the joint, according to NYU Langone Medical Center. Even though the injury may restrict the patient to a wheelchair, his doctor may recommend a variety of activities that help him remain active, promote healing and prevent blood clots.
Patients often begin a physical therapy program after the bone begins to heal, reports NYU Langone Medical Center. Once the bone heals and the patient is able to walk again, the physical therapy increases to further strengthen muscles and increase flexibility of joints the patient could not move in the recovery process. Patients who have surgery begin physical therapy as soon as scans reveal healing of the injured bone.
The first six weeks after surgery is a quiet time for most patients, during which they limit their activities to gentle exercises, according to the University of Washington Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. After this time, as they begin strengthening and stretching exercises, some patients find aquatics useful. Patient comfort and condition are the only long-term considerations for exercise after full recovery, although doctors recommend patients avoid high-impact activities.