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What Does Sacral Fracture Feel Like
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
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?
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
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
ER DR diagnosed me w/ an S4 sacral fracture. Now 3 months later, I have radiating pain when I lift more than 5 lbs & hunch while I walk. Any concerns?
Yes: If you can't lift more than 5 lbs at age 32, you will likely end up not able to hold up even a mug of coffee or beer by age 50. You need to consult an orthopedic doctor preferably one specialised in spine disorder promptly. ...Read more
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
I have had an MRI to establish the healing of my sacral fracture I now have throbbing pain in lower mid back with nausea is this connected?
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
What exercises are allowed when one has a right sacral ala stress fracture? Are swimming and biking okay?
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Fractured my sacrum while on vacation in florida. Er dr. Gave me sample box of tramadol, yellow/green capsules no markings. Are these ok?
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?
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
Sacrum: Orthopedic surgeon usually.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 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
Hello. Can Sacral Pseudoarthrosis be congenital? No broken bones ever. Slight scoliosis. Chronic back pain/years. Please advise. Thank you.
Yes: Yes, it can develop as a result of congential segmentation anomalies/anatomic variations. ...Read more
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
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
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
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