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A sacral fracture occurs when a bone called the sacrum breaks. The sacrum is a large triangular bone at the bottom of the spine. It fits like a wedge between the two hip bones. The sacrum is made up of the sacral vertebrae, which are fused together.
Sometimes the coccyx, or tailbone, is fractured along with the sacrum. The tailbone is the small bone at the bottom of the spine. It is attached to the sacral bone above it.
In some cases, an injury to the sacrum can affect the nerves that control the bladder, bowel, or legs.
Home treatment may be all that is needed for some sacral fractures. If a fracture is severe or affects nerves, you may need surgery.
Bones heal best when you take good care of yourself. Eat a variety of healthy foods, and don't smoke.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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