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Sacral Fracture


A sacral fracture

is a break in the triangle-shaped bone found at the bottom of your spine. The fracture is often caused by injury or weak bones.

Common sacral fracture symptoms include the following:

  • Low back, buttock, or hip pain
  • Pain in the front of your thigh and your groin
  • Bruising and swelling around the sacral area
  • Leg weakness

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Your leg tingles or feels like pins are being stuck in it.
  • Your leg feels numb or weak.
  • You have problems controlling your urine or bowel movements.
  • Your leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have pain or swelling in your low back area, hip, or buttock that gets worse.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment for a sacral fracture

will depend on how severe it is. Medicine may be prescribed to decrease your pain. You will need to decrease your activity and rest while your fracture heals. You may need a brace to support your back. Once you are stronger, you may need physical therapy to increase your flexibility and strength. Severe sacral fractures may require surgery.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

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

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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