Sacral Stress Fracture Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Sacral Stress Fracture
In general, treatment depends on the cause and severity. These fractures are often treated with rest and medications for pain. Minimally invasive procedures are sometimes used. Surgery may be needed. In this case a pin may be inserted into the bone. This will strengthen it and allow it to heal. Treatment options include the following:
Your plan will depend upon what caused the fracture. Fractures caused by physical stress need rest. Return to full activity and weight bearing is gradual. Fractures due to osteoporosis are treated with partial weight bearing. A cane or other device will be used for this. Therapy in the pool may also be advised. Your doctor may also offer physical therapy to help you strengthen your muscles.
Gentle massage , heat, and transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) may also be used to relieve pain.
Depending upon your underlying condition, your doctor may prescribe:
- Daily calcium and vitamin D for bone health
- A hormone medication like calcitonin to increase bone mass
- A narcotic or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to relieve pain
In some cases your doctor may choose to immobilize your injury. A corset or brace can provide support and relief.