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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.

1. Reduce Pain and Pressure

  • Ice tailbone every 3 to 4 hours for 2 to 3 days or until pain goes away.
  • Give an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain.
  • 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

  • The health care provider will do an X-ray and possibly an MRI, CT scan, or bone scan to check for fracture.
  • Usually, continued home treatment is recommended.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Kiefer, MD on November 08, 2013

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