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Sacral Fracture

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Sacral Fracture (Aftercare Instructions) Care Guide

A sacral fracture is a break in your sacrum. The sacrum is a triangle-shaped bone that is found at the bottom of the spine.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Medicines:

  • Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.

  • NSAIDs: These medicines decrease swelling, pain, and fever. You can buy NSAIDs without a doctor's order. Ask your primary healthcare provider which medicine is right for you. Ask how much to take and when to take it. Take as directed. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems if not taken correctly.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Physical therapy:

You may need to see a physical therapist to teach you special exercises. These exercises help improve movement and decrease pain. Physical therapy can also help improve strength and decrease your risk for loss of function.

Rest:

Rest when you feel it is needed. Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed. Use a pillow when you sit to decrease the pressure on your sacrum.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have pain or swelling in your low back area, hip, or buttock that is worse or does not go away.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have problems controlling your urine or bowel movements.

  • You have increased swelling, pain, or redness in your lower back.

  • You have trouble moving your legs or they feel weak.

  • Your legs are numb, or you cannot feel them.

  • You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.

  • You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough. You may cough up blood.

  • Your leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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