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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

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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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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I have tip of sacrum fracture and have lot of pain. .. What is the line of treatment for this?

Time: Treatment for coccygeal fractures is conservative and time will heal the bone. Symptomatic treatment is necessary. You'll need to get a "donut" balloon to sit on to take weight off of the fracture. If it goes on to not heal, sometimes we do an operative excision of the fragment. ...Read more

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Will my sacrum fracture heal ok if I go back to work after 4 weeks? I've just had 15 days bed rest, painkillers for 10 days, calcium supplements.

Will my sacrum fracture heal ok if I go back to work after 4 weeks? I've just had 15 days bed rest, painkillers for 10 days, calcium supplements.

Depends: It depends in part on the nature of the fracture itself. Some sacral fractures do require prolonged bed rest, particularly if they affect the sacral iliac joint. Other sacral fractures allow mobilization as soon as the patient is comfortable. Check with your doctor. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Ongoing pain in my tailbone (over 6 mos). Primary doctor diagnosed with coccydinia. Xray, no other tests. Ice, sit rings, nsaids 3 weeks, no relief. Sacrum fracture 30 + years ago, more tests?

Ongoing pain in my tailbone (over 6 mos). Primary doctor diagnosed with coccydinia. Xray, no other tests. Ice, sit rings, nsaids 3 weeks, no relief. Sacrum fracture 30 + years ago, more tests?

Excision: After this lenth of time & failure of conservative rx, I think excision is a good way 2 go. It's simple & safe in proper hands. In my series of 45= most better in recovery. They go hame happy & I have had no returns or complications. Choose ur ortho or gen surgeon carefully & check on their experience & outcomes. ...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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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I fracture my sacrum 15 years ago since them I can feel and touch that broken bond in my lower part of my back. However this bone start hurting again.

I fracture my sacrum 15 years ago since them I can feel and touch that broken bond in my lower part of my back. However this bone start hurting again.

Old fracture: Sometimes trauma/breaks that we have healed from early in life comes back later in the form of arthritis. Please see your doctor who can examine you and offer some help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can my Sacrum still have a fracture since 2012? If fell on the sidewalk off a skateboard badly but recently got an MRI

Can my Sacrum still have a fracture since 2012? If fell on the sidewalk off a skateboard badly but recently got an MRI

It is most likely-: -an arthritic process that has developed in 1 of the joints of the coccyx. A physical exam can determine this. A rectal exam allows the MD 2 actually grasp the coccyx & move it, if extremely painful & reproduces Ur pain, excision will relieve these symptoms. B careful & seek out a surgeon familiar with the procedure. I have excised about 25, & all R happy with the results. ...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?

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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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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I have fractures of the bilateral superior pubic rami rt comminuted & mildly displaced. Fracture rt inferior pubic ramus. Also a buckle fracture of the anterior aspect lf sacrum. Stable or not stable?

Hard to say: Certainly these are serious injuries, but they likely do not need surgical fixation - depends on the displacement. Unfortunately, a patient with these fractures will need to be immobilized for a few weeks in order to facilitate proper healing. ...Read more

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I am 5 weeks and 3 days pregnant and have a spilled disk and fracture in my lower back how will this affect me as the baby grows?

I am 5 weeks and 3 days pregnant and have a spilled disk and fracture in my lower back how will this affect me as the baby grows?

Depends on how bad: It is you need to ask this to your OB and the doc who will be taking care of your back, you may need to have an elective section as you may not be able to labor but they are the ones who should tell you that and you may be in for a lot of pain. ...Read more

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My son fractured his T9 and T10 in a skateboardind accident 5 days ago. Now he is getting really bad sharp pains in his lower back?

Referral pain: Muscle and bone will, refer pain like he is having. There are techniques which may benefit him. See a pain doc in your area to, discuss vertebra pasty or kyphoplasty to stabilize the fracture ...Read more

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I fell out of a chair onto my butt. Now I have a sharp pain in my lower back. A few months ago I fractured my tailbone. Should I go to an orthopedic?

I fell out of a chair onto my butt. Now I have a sharp pain in my lower back. A few months ago I fractured my tailbone. Should I go to an orthopedic?

Good idea: If the pain has not improved with time and simple things like over the counter medicine, exercise, heat or cold, then seeing your primary provider or a spine specialist is a good idea. ...Read more

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Severe Osteoporosis & MG. But was stubborn &want to do stuff myself! Lifting heavy boxes now my lower back hurts/burns. If was fractured would I know?

Severe Osteoporosis: You most likely have lumbar sprain but you might have a vertebral fracture. I'd take NSAIDS, follow as lumbar sprain and call your doctor if anything worsens. ...Read more

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I've had an xray taken of my lower back for an impact that happened 9/28/14. Chiro thinks he sees a fracture?

Further study: If you began having significant pain in your back after your accident that has persisted, you should seek further evaluation with a spine specialist. A CT scan would be a useful diagnostic study. Good luck. ...Read more

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When I was younger I almost fractured my back. Do you think the pain in my hip/leg is connected to the lower back pain?

When I was younger I almost fractured my back. Do you think the pain in my hip/leg is connected to the lower back pain?

Very possible: Ligaments get injured in falls even if there is no fracture. Weak ligaments cause hip leg and back pain.

Visit www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed, org to find a doctor to help with this problem and resolve the issues. ...Read more

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How are stress fractures of the lower back usually treated?

Mostly non surgical: Lifestyle modifications
physical therapy
orthotic devices, such as corsets and braces
not often surgery? ...Read more

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Can you use the fractured back lower lumbar when you have rods in your lower back?

Probably: I am not sure if I fully understand your question, but if you are asking if a person who had a fracture that had to be fixed with a screw and rod type surgery can at some point resume normal activities; the answer is usually. Once a fusion with screws and rods has healed, it becomes the strongest part of the back and no longer needs to be protected. Thank you. ...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