The controversy surrounding sacral insufficiency fractures: to ambulate or not to ambulate?

Am J Phys Med Rehabil. Jul-Aug 2000;79(4):404-9. doi: 10.1097/00002060-200007000-00014.


Sacral insufficiency fractures are an often unsuspected cause of low back pain in elderly women with osteoporosis who have sustained minimal or no trauma. Many of the references in the literature advocate bed rest initially; however, we support early mobilization, because most of these fractures are stable and require no surgical intervention. With good pain control, patients can begin progressive ambulation with assistive devices in a supervised environment and minimize the complications of immobility.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bed Rest / adverse effects
  • Female
  • Fractures, Spontaneous / etiology
  • Fractures, Spontaneous / pathology
  • Fractures, Spontaneous / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / etiology*
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / complications*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sacrum* / pathology
  • Walking*