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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.

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 immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • Trouble controlling you urine or bowel movements
  • Increased swelling, pain, or redness in your lower back
  • Leg numbness or trouble moving your legs
  • Sudden lightheadedness, shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Redness, pain, or swelling in a leg that is warm to touch

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.

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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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