Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Sacrum Fracture Overview

What is a sacrum fracture?
A person with a sacrum fracture has broken the sacrum, which is a triangular bone at the base of the spine. The sacrum is located at the end of the spine and connects to the pelvis. The most common type of sacral fracture is a sacral stress fracture, which is a small crack in the sacrum. Causes of severe sacrum fractures include motor vehicle accidents or falls.

What are the symptoms of a sacrum fracture?
Symptoms of a sacral fracture include low back pain or buttock pain. The pain is worse while sitting, running, climbing or jumping.

How does the doctor treat a sacrum fracture?
Treatment for a sacral fracture may include rest, a donut pillow, narcotic pain medications, and nonsteroidal medications for pain. Surgery may be required to treat a severe sacral fracture.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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