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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
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
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
After a fall, x-rays diagnosed sacrum fracture, dr prescribed 28 days off work, inc. 15 bed rest. Are 15 days enough? How long before back to normal?
Depends: Fractures typically take 6 weeks to heal, however the symptoms should start gettin gbetter within the first 2 weeks. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Fractured sacrum 3 months ago. New pain started 5 days ago after bending over. Is it possible for me to harm myself doing that?
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
Fractured my sacrum s5 on 29/10/2013 following fall backwards of bike. Competitive cyclist. Will I be able to race again?
Follow with your orthopedist.
Fractured my sacrum while on vacation in florida. Er dr. Gave me sample box of tramadol, yellow/green capsules no markings. Are these ok?
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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?
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
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
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?
I've had an xray taken of my lower back for an impact that happened 9/28/14. Chiro thinks he sees a fracture?
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?
20yrs ago horse fell into, pinning me into a drain. Refused medical advise, thought it was bruising. 5yr pain in lower, back@ illiac. Hip locks. Fractured?
HORSE FELL ON HER: WHAT, PRAY LADY, IS YOUR QUESTION?Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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