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    Tailbone Injury Treatment

    Call 911 if:

    • There are signs of spinal cord injury along with tailbone injury caused by a fall.

    • There are signs of spinal cord injury along with tailbone injury caused by a fall.

    Symptoms of spinal cord injury include:

    • Severe neck or back pain
    • Paralysis in part of the body
    • Loss of bowel or bladder control
    • Weakness in the legs or arms
    • Numbness

    If any of these symptoms are present, avoid moving the person and call 911.

    1. Reduce Pain and Pressure

    • Ice tailbone every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days or until pain goes away.
    • Have the person use a "doughnut cushion" (from a medical supply store) or small inflatable inner tube when sitting.
    • Avoid constipation. Give plenty of fluids and fiber in diet. The short-term use of a laxative might be necessary.

    2. See a Health Care Provider

    3. Follow Up

    • Usually, continued home treatment is recommended.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on January 18, 2016

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