A tailbone injury brings on pain and discomfort in the lower spine and tailbone area. You may have fractured, dislocated or bruised your tailbone.
What is Your Tailbone or Coccyx?
The coccyx is the small triangular shaped area of bone (commonly referred to as your tailbone) at the bottom of the spine (vertebral column). It is made up of 3-5 bony portions that are held together by ligaments and joints.
Tailbone injuries occur in women the majority of the time because their tailbone is exposed more. Injuries to the tailbone occur when:
- Injury when someone falls in the seated position
- Blunt trauma
- During childbirth, the coccyx can be fractured
- Bone spurs, tumors or local infections
Symptoms of Tailbone Injury
- Severe pain
- Tender to the touch
- Bruise in the tailbone area
- Painful bowel movements
- Painful sexual intercourse (for women)
When to See Your Spine Surgeon
Many patients feel they can ignore the pain, and it will go away. It’s when the pain doesn’t go away that you need to visit your spine surgeon. If the pain is severe, seek help within 24 hours. There is a possibility you may have a fracture, dislocation or something worse.
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