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Tailbone Injuries

Last Updated: October 6th, 2023 at 04:41 pm
Read Time: 2 Minutes

When you’ve injured your tailbone, you know it. A coccyx injury results in discomfort and pain in the sacral spine or tailbone area, a condition called coccydynia. Tailbone injuries can result in a bruise, dislocation, or even a fracture of the coccyx. The pain may get worse when you sit down or stand up, or when you lean back while sitting. In some cases, the pain can shoot all the way down your legs. Lessening the pressure on your sacral spine by walking or standing should give you temporary relief from the pain.

Coccyx Anatomy

The coccyx sits at the very bottom portion of the sacral spine. It is called the tailbone because it represents a vestigial tail. The tailbone consists of 3-5 separate or fused vertebrae. It was initially thought that the tailbone is always fused together so that there is no movement between the coccygeal vertebrae. However, it is now understood that the entire coccyx is not one solid bone and that there is some limited movement between the bones.

Tailbone Injuries

Tailbone injuries are most often caused by trauma to the coccyx area, such as:

  • Most commonly, falling directly on the coccyx in a seated position and landing against a hard surface.
  • A sports injury that causes a direct blow to land on the coccyx.
  • A fracture or injury during
  • Repetitive friction or straining against the tailbone common in rowing and bicycling can bruise or injure the coccyx.
  • Bone spurs, compressed nerve roots, and injuries to other parts of the sacral spine, local infections, and tumors can also cause tailbone injuries.

Sometimes, the cause of coccyx injuries cannot be determined.

Tailbone Injury Symptoms

  • Severe pain and tenderness in the coccyx area.
  • A bruise may be visible in the coccyx area in cases of traumatic injury.
  • The pain is worse with prolonged sitting or direct pressure to the tailbone area.
  • Bowel movements are painful.
  • Some women experience pain during sexual intercourse.

When to Seek Medical Care

If you know you have incurred a tailbone injury, or you have unexplained discomfort in your coccyx, contact a medical professional. It is important that you find out the extent of the injury, or if the symptoms are caused by more serious problems.

ChiroCare of Florida doctors provide chiropractic therapy for anyone who has suffered an injury to their coccyx. Our experienced doctors will use techniques that are comfortable for you and can help you get back to everyday life.

Call (877) 216-6206 to schedule a visit with a ChiroCare of Florida doctor closest to you.

About the Author:
Dr. Steven Schwartz
Raised in Coral Springs, Florida, Dr. Steven Schwartz is a major advocate for the South Florida community. CEO of ChiroCare of Florida, Dr. Schwartz has grown the group from one facility to 11. Whether he’s treating patients or volunteering for community service, Dr. Schwartz’s long-term goal is to ensure that each and every patient can experience the ChiroCare of Florida difference.
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