What precautions do I need to take for a fracture in the sacrum?
Q: I had suffered a fracture at the lower end of the sacrum last month. I have resumed my normal duties after taking a months rest. At times I have an unbearable pain and I am not able to sit properly. What precautions do I need to take for proper healing and how long will this pain last? I have been advised to apply pain gel (Volini) to get rid of the pain. At present I am sitting on a rubber tube.
A:The fracture you have sustained causes considerable pain, which may last for several months. The treatment usually consists of rest and analgesics. It is difficult to give a time period for this kind of injury because, first, these bones are covered by fatty muscle. Secondly, the area is prone to pressure while sitting. You are already sitting on a ring cushion. You can try the following - 1. At regular intervals, transfer your weight over alternate buttocks. 2. Avoid long sitting postures. 3. You can go to a nearby physiotherapy clinic and take 10-12 sesions of ultrasound and TENS therapy.