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Anyone ever fractured their sacrum bone?

Moms View Message Board: General Discussion: Archive March 2007: Anyone ever fractured their sacrum bone?
By Mara on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 09:45 pm:

One year and 2 months ago I fell down about 10 steps on my back/rear. I ended up fracturing my sacrum bone along with black and blue arms from the elbow to wrist (trying to stop myself). It has been over a year and I still cannot sit for long, going to the movies is painful, driving, actually sitting for any length of time. Standing for too long also causes pain. I guess the only time I feel nothing is when I lay flat on my stomach. I've been told to give it more time to heal, I've also been told that I may have this pain the rest of my life.

Anyone else have advise?

By Karen~admin on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 09:48 pm:

I actually did that when I was 14 and fell out of a tree. It's never been a problem since it healed though. Hope you feel better soon! OUCH!

By Reds9298 on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 09:49 pm:

I just finished physical therapy for my sacrum iliac (sp?) joint, but I'm sure that's totally different than waiting for a bone to heal. The PT worked wonders for me and I have had little to no pain since I finished. I do exercises about twice a week at home now instead of everyday. Not sure if it would help, but I would be happy to share the exercises with you if you want. That little sheet of paper cost me $300 so I might as well spread the knowledge, LOL. :)

I can post them here if you're interested, or you can email me.

By Tripletmom on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 10:45 pm:

Hey Reds!!! Can you post them here,I'm interested :)

By Reds9298 on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 11:09 pm:

Sure! They are wonderful and very simple. After 3 weeks of daily excercises I was feeling great. My range of motion had increased over 75% in every area and all my goals had been reached. Now I do them about twice a week within my regular workous, or sometimes while watching TV at night whenever I feel a "twinge". This was my original PT homework and what I still do:

1. Bridges: Lie on your back with knees bent and arms to side. Raise hips off the ground and hold for 2 seconds, then down again. Repeat 20x, 2x/day

2. Lie on back with knees bent. Stretch knees to one side until you feel it. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat other side, continuing for 20x. (Total of 10 each side)

3. The Bump: Stand with feet slightly apart, foot closest to wall only a few inches away. Hand on outside hip for support. "Bump" wall-side hip against the wall slowly and hold for 1-2 seconds before straightening again. Do 20x on each side. (I could BARELY hit the wall with my left hip when I started this. It was ridiculous!)

4.Stand sideways with arm straight against wall, outside hand on hip for support. Stretch inside hip toward the wall (gently) and hold for 20 sec. Repeat each side 10x. This one can really hurt in the beginning so go easy the first few times for sure.

5. Lie on stomach and push up to elbows. (Like you're lying on tummy watching TV but don't put your head in your hands but instead flat on the floor.)Hold for 2-3min. (THis one is a killer!)

6.Lie on back, pull knees into stomach and wrap arms around them. Hold for 30 sec. then relax. Repeat 3x.

Also recommended: Hamstring stretches, calf stretches, heat stimulation.

Hope this helps! These have worked wonders for me because I was literally becoming an "old woman" that couldn't move without complaining of bad left-side back pain. Now I NEVER complain because I never feel anything. I was instructed by my PT once I was discharged to simply keep up the exercises or increase them if I had a relapse. I can pick up my dd now and it doesn't hurt!!! Yay!!:)

Good luck to everyone having this pain. Hopefully these exercises will help you, too, and save you some $. My insurance doesn't cover much for PT visits. :(

By Tripletmom on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 03:00 pm:

Thanks Reds!! :)

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