Driving After an Orthopedic Injury or Surgery

To drive safely, a fit body and a conscious mind are required.

To drive safely, a fit body and a conscious mind are required. Without these, driving could be dangerous. When someone suffers an orthopedic injury or is operated on to treat one, his/her body takes some time to heal properly and this will depend upon the seriousness of the injury type of orthopedic implants and surgical instruments used.

The decision to get back to driving a vehicle must be taken wisely and certain points need to be considered before doing that. In this article, we are going to discuss what things to be considered before deciding to drive after an orthopedic injury or surgery.


Key Factors for getting Back to Driving


Safety is important when it comes to driving a vehicle and when you decide to drive while recovering from an orthopedic injury, special care must be taken. In this section, we will see some factors that’ll decide whether you should drive while recovering from an orthopedic injury/surgery or not.


  • You must not drive if you are taking any form of a sedative like a painkiller or anesthesia to curb pain or treat any injury. Doing so could be harmful as sedatives can make you unconscious.


  • The second important point that needs to be considered here is if you have an immobilized joint and it cannot be bent, then also driving must be avoided without a second thought. Several movements are required while driving and if you are in pain and don’t have a complete range of motion of any of your joints, driving could be dangerous.


  • As we’ve also discussed above, a completely fit body is required to drive a vehicle safely, so, if any of your body parts are not working properly and you are finding it difficult with its movement, just avoid driving.


  • It is also advised that even if the affected body part is not involved in the movements required while driving, you must think twice before riding a vehicle. We must say that you should avoid driving in that case as well. If it is urgent and there is no other option than driving, then do it cautiously.

Medical Liability for Driving a Vehicle

No doctors will make any comments regarding the safe operation of the vehicle after orthopedic injury or surgery. They will never recommend driving a vehicle until the patient becomes completely fit. If you decide to drive a vehicle on your own, you’ll be completely liable for that.

Legal Determination

After an orthopedic injury or surgery, it is very important to take a driving motor vehicle test to become legally fit for driving. This should be done at any authorized department of motor vehicles near you. Passing the test is necessary to become legally fit for driving. Besides this, you might be allowed to even give a test in certain conditions:


  • If you are wearing a splint, brace, cast, or any device that is limiting joint mobility.


  • If you are taking any opioid medicine that causes drowsiness.


Under these two conditions, you’ll be regarded legally and medically unfit for driving. Driving under these conditions could be dangerous.

Orthopedic injuries like fractures are serious and they could even result in permanent impairment of the affected joint. Depending upon the seriousness of the injury caused, it is advised to avoid driving after an orthopedic injury or surgery. In this post, we’ve discussed some points that’ll help you understand when why you should not drive after an orthopedic injury.

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