Tailbone Injury & Coccyx Pain
The cervical or neck, thoracic or upper/mid back, lower back or lumbar spine, sacral or sacrum, and coccyx or tailbone are the five parts of our spine. The tailbone is the passageway for many tendons and ligaments.
I’m Experiencing Coccyndia or Pain in my Tailbone, What is the Cause?
There are a variety of things that can cause pain in the tailbone area, including dislocation, bruising, soreness, fractures, or even a break. It’s also susceptible to dislocation, bruising, soreness, fractures, or even a break.
Trauma to the Tailbone:
The most common cause of tailbone injury is coccyx trauma, which occurs frequently during pregnancy and childbirth. Injury to the tailbone increases with age, especially in adults with osteopenia. Prepare yourself with these tips on how to help with tailbone pain during pregnancy.
What are the Symptoms of a Coccyx Injury?
If you have localized pain in the area of the tailbone (Coccyndia), tenderness in the lower back, bruising and swelling around the spine, dull and achy pain during bowel movements, and pain during intercourse, you might have a coccyx injury.
Did I Bruise or Break My Tailbone?
The majority of tailbone injuries result in a bruise, but it is possible to break or fracture your tailbone. Your doctor will most likely order an x-ray to determine whether your tailbones have been bruised or broken/fractured.
What is the Treatment for a Coccyx Injury?
It’s important to remember that almost all coccyx injuries, including bruises, fractures, and even simple soreness, are treated in the same way; the main difference between injuries is the amount of time and effort required to fully heal.
At Home Remedies for Tailbone Pain Relief:
If you have pain in your sacroiliac joint, it could be related to your tailbone. Changing which side of your buttocks is under the most pressure from your seated position can help relieve the pain. At Braceability, we recommend doing this at least four times per week.
Are You Looking for A Quick Tailbone Recovery?
How much time do you spend icing and supporting your coccyx and lower back? There are a number of things you can do at home to aid in your recovery.
Medical Treatment for Coccyx Pain or Injury:
If your tailbone injury is interfering with your daily life, see your doctor for pain relief. Doctors can prescribe stronger pain medications than what you can buy over the counter, and if the pain is severe enough, local anesthetic injections may be used.
Coccygectomy Surgery for Coccydynia (Tailbone Removal)
The tailbone injury will usually heal with medication and activity modification over time, but in some severe cases where the pain persists, a surgical option may be best, which involves partial or complete removal of the coccyx or tailbone.
How Long Will It Take My Coccyndia To Heal?
The length of time it takes to heal an injury varies depending on the severity of the injury and the type of treatment required to repair the damage.
When should I go to the doctor for tailbone pain?
If you have pain in your tailbone and any of the other symptoms listed below, call your doctor right away. Sudden swelling or pain. Prolonged constipation. Sudden numbness, weakness, or tingling in one or both legs.
How do you heal a broken tailbone naturally?
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- Apply heat or ice to the affected area.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), or aspirin.
How do u know if your tailbone is broken or bruised?
An almost constant dull pain in the very low back, just above the buttocks, pain that worsens when sitting and when standing up from a sitting position, swelling around the tailbone are all symptoms of a broken tailbone.
What is the fastest way to heal a sore tailbone?
- Rest and avoid any physical activity that causes pain
- Ice your tailbone for about 20 minutes every hour while awake for the first 48 hours, then 2 to 3 times a day.
- When sitting, use a cushion or gel donut.
Does a heating pad help a bruised tailbone?
Warm and cold packs can help relieve tailbone pain. Using a hot water bottle, a heat pack, an adhesive strip, or a heat gel to apply heat to a bruised tailbone can help relax muscles, which can help relieve pain. People can make a cold pack by wrapping ice packs in a towel or cloth.
Is a broken coccyx serious?
Tailbone fractures are likely to cause pain, swelling, and bruising, which can be especially painful when sitting or having a bowel movement. However, most tailbone fractures are not medical emergencies; seek treatment from your healthcare provider.
What happens if a fracture is left untreated?
When a bone fracture is left untreated, it can either result in a nonunion or a delayed union. In the former case, the bone does not heal at all, meaning it will remain broken, causing swelling, tenderness, and pain to worsen over time.
Can you break your tailbone and not know?
Coccydynia is the medical term for pain in the tailbone, which can be caused by a dislocation or a full fracture ( break ). Many people who visit a doctor with tailbone pain have had a recent traumatic injury to the tailbone as a result of a fall or impact, but others may have pain without recalling any injury.
How long are you sore after a fall?
Recovery time varies depending on the severity of the injury; for a mild strain, you may be able to resume normal activities in three to six weeks with basic home care; for more severe strains, recovery can take months, and surgical repair and physical therapy may be required.
Do you put heat or ice on a bruised tailbone?
Apply ice or a cold pack to your tailbone for 10 to 20 minutes at a time for the next 3 days (while awake) or until the swelling subsides. Use a thin cloth between the ice and your skin. You can alternate between ice and heat 2 to 3 days after the injury.
How serious is tailbone pain?
Tailbone pain is usually not serious, but it can be a sign of an injury or, in very rare cases, cancer. You may have an X-ray or an MRI scan to look for signs of injury, such as a bone fracture or a tumor pressing on the bone.
Can a chiropractor help a sore tailbone?
Chiropractic treatments focus on spinal manipulation to relieve the pain of an injured tailbone; no surgeries or medications are required! Instead, a chiropractor will adjust your spine and recommend workouts, massage therapies, and hot and cold compresses to relieve your pain.