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I had a sarcal fracture in 2015, and recently figured out its a distal sacral fracture w/ nerve caught between breaks. What are treatment options if I?

I had a sarcal fracture in 2015, and recently figured out its a distal sacral fracture w/ nerve caught between breaks. What are treatment options if I?

Seek surgical eval : The best treatment may be for coccyx removal,if that was fractures. Radio frequency procedures would be a 2nd choice if surgery will not correct this ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Stable sacral fracture: bed rest for how long?

Stable sacral fracture: bed rest for how long?

Sacral fracture: If truly stable then a sacral fracture can be treated with early weight-bearing as tolerated guided by pain. Certainly avoid any high-impact activity. Talk with your orthopedic surgeon to know for sure. ...Read more

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I have been told by my surgeon that my sacral fracture will take 9 to 12 months to heal ! why so long its driving me mad?

I have been told by my surgeon that my sacral fracture will take 9 to 12 months to heal ! why so long its driving me mad?

May not heal: Many times they appear healed but the injury 2 the joints may continue 2 cause major symptoms. Excision is a good option. I seemed 2 b the coccyx remover in our area so i had a fairly large series. 20 - 30 is a lot. If DX is solid, reproducible by rectal xam & all conservative rx has failed it's great. My people were usually better in recovery room were all happy happy happy. No returns. ...Read more

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Sacral fracture 4 months ago gp now suspects DVT have to have scan in morning would the fracture be the reason after this long?

Lack of mobilization: Virchow's triad remains the reason for dvts which include hemodynamic stasis (from lack of mobilization secondary to pain), vascular injury and hypercoaguable states. Doppler ultrasounds of the lower extremities is the cheapest way to evaluate dvts, but we can't look at the big vessels in the pelvis, which is a huge limitation to this evaluation modality. ...Read more

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The CT scan result was "linear fracture in distal part of sacral bone is detected." What does this mean exactly?

The CT scan result was "linear fracture in distal part of sacral bone is detected." What does this mean exactly?

Sacral fractures: Sacral fractures are relatively rare. The most common presentation is usually after high energy trauma such as a car crash or motorcycle crash. Even rarer instances occur when people slip and fall onto their behinds on ice. The treatment for these fractures depends on the location. Higher fractures in the sacrum may need surgery whereas lower ones near the tailbone are treated nonoperatively. ...Read more

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My last ex-rays showed that I have chronic left and right sacral and bilateral superior and inferior pubic rami fractures with callus. Does that mean ?

My last ex-rays showed that I have chronic left and right sacral and bilateral superior and inferior pubic rami fractures with callus. Does that mean ?

See below: Chronic fractures mean that they are old and not new fractures. The callus seen on X-ray is one sign that they are not new because callus is a term to describe bone healing around a fracture. The locations of the bones described are in and around your pelvis. I would not hesitate to discuss these findings directly with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does a sacral stress fracture feel like?

What does a sacral stress fracture feel like?

Sacral fracture: Localized pain and limited mobility around the pelvic and hip musculature. ...Read more

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I have a fractured sacrum. What can you tell my about that?

I have a fractured sacrum. What can you tell my about that?

Mechanism?: Did u have an injury to your sacrum or is this related to your previous 'spinal surgery'? Or is this an insufficiency ( osteopenic )fracture? Need more information to answer your question.Most sacral fractures are treated non operatively ( unless associated w/ other fractures of the pelvis... And 'displaced'. Best of luck! ...Read more

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It's been 14 weeks since i fell and fractured l1, sacrum and coccyx. Should i still be in severe pain?

It's been 14 weeks since i fell and fractured l1, sacrum and coccyx.  Should i still be in severe pain?

Please see below: Bone usually heals in 4-6 weeks, if you continue to have pain, it warrants evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the usual time span for a misplaced fractured sacrum to heal my surgeon has not mentioned surgery if it is misplaced how can it heal.

What is the usual time span for a misplaced fractured sacrum to heal my surgeon has not mentioned surgery if it is misplaced how can it heal.

2-3 months: Tghere are many different types of fractures of the sacrum some require surgery and some do not . Fractures of the sacrum that are directly in line with the weight bearing portion of uor sacrum may require surgery but id=f they are displaced but stable they only require altered weight bearing (crutches) ct scan helps determine which is which along with the mechanism of injury (high or low energy. ...Read more

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I fell on my sacrum in 2012 but didn't know if it was fractured. My legs went numb for a day. It still hurts today & feels funny when I touch it. Why?

I fell on my sacrum in 2012 but didn't know if it was fractured. My legs went numb for a day. It still hurts today & feels funny when I touch it. Why?

Coccydynia: You more than likely injured your coccyx which is a cartilaginous structure at the tail end of your sacrum(tailbone). Once the coccyx has been significantly injured it remains tender for years. An orthopedic specialist can evaluate you and advise you about diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How long does a fractured sacrum take to heal?

How long does a fractured sacrum take to heal?

8 to 12 weeks: Bone tissue takes awhile to heal . The sacrum may heal fine if there was a fracture that would be confirmed by a MRI if acute or at least documented that it occurred by bone scan that may still reveal a fracture that occurred but has healed for up to 1-2 years. If the injury was axial ie fall on buttocks, there can be a coccyx or disc issue. These fractures can also be due to osteoporosis ...Read more

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I have fractured my sacrum and it is showing no signs of healing after 8 weeks the pain is becoming unbearable what can be done.

I have fractured my sacrum and it is showing no signs of healing after 8 weeks the pain is becoming unbearable what can be done.

Discuss with ortho: Would re see your orthopedist, or see one if you have not and discuss further care and therapies with him or her. ...Read more

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Sacrum fracture healing process?

Sacrum fracture healing process?

Weight bear as tol.: Since you can not put the sacrum in a cast (it's above the tailbone) only time can heal a sacral fracture. Weight bearing as tolerated is the best treatment. Of concern is there a diagnosis of osteoporosis due to menopause, low testosterone or high blood calcium (parathyroid adenoma) ? A work-up may be needed. ...Read more

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Can an MRI of the sacrum show a non union or fracture? I got one in 2016 for a fall in 2012 because I still have pain.

Can an MRI of the sacrum show a non union or fracture? I got one in 2016 for a fall in 2012 because I still have pain.

Yes- usually : An MRI may show more of the soft tissue component of any persistent injury in and around the sacrum such as would be the case with a nonunion or malunion of the sacrum ...Read more

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My cat scan showed fractures in my sacrum due to osteophorosis , is it safe to exercise and manipulation by a physiotherapist ?

My cat scan showed fractures in my sacrum due to osteophorosis , is it safe to exercise  and  manipulation by a physiotherapist ?

Sacrum: it depends on how extensive the fractures are, if they are displaced then exercise and PT may not be indicated initially, usually after a period of 6-8 weeks when the pain starts to subside ...Read more

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Fractured my sacrum while on vacation in florida. Er dr. Gave me sample box of tramadol, yellow/green capsules no markings. Are these ok ?

Fractured my sacrum while  on vacation in florida. Er dr. Gave me sample box of tramadol, yellow/green capsules no markings. Are these ok ?

Sacrum: As long as the sample box was not opened and it clearly states on the box tramadol then it should not be an issue. It would be a different story if the box was given to you and it had been previously opened. ...Read more

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Fractured sacrum 3 months ago. New pain started 5 days ago after bending over. Is it possible for me to harm myself doing that?

Fractured Sacrum: After fracture it is recommended to rest and not to do any activities that can increase u discomfort. Physical therapy can be helpful , talk with u orthopedic physician , good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Sacrum (Definition)

Below the lumbar spine and above the tailbone or coccyx lies the sacrum. The sacrum is part of the spine and interacts with the pelvis ...Read more