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Sacral Fracture

AMBULATORY CARE:

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.

Vertebral Column

Common signs and 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 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.

Call your doctor 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. Mild sacral fractures that were caused by increased activity may be treated with rest alone. Medicine to decrease pain may be given so that you can return to your usual activities as soon as possible. After your fracture has healed, you may need an exercise program to increase your flexibility. Severe sacral fractures may require surgery to place your bones in their normal positions.

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.

Physical therapy:

A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

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

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