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    Injuries to the tailbone (coccyx) can occur when you slip or fall and hit your tailbone (impact injury).

    The most common symptom of a tailbone injury is pain when you sit, especially if you slump or sit on a hard seat. Straining to have a bowel movement also can be very painful. Home treatment often eases pain.

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    You have an increased chance of developing an infection when the skin over your tailbone is cut, scraped, or punctured after an injury.

    Occasionally a spinal injury can occur at the same time as a tailbone injury. This type of injury is serious and requires immediate medical care. Signs of a spinal injury may include loss of bowel or bladder control, weakness in the legs, or tingling or numbness in the buttocks, genital area, or legs.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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