Tailbone Injury Treatment

Call 911 if:

  • 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

Sources

SOURCES:

Kaiser Permanente: "Injury to the Tailbone (Coccyx)" and "Spinal Injury."

University of Buffalo Sports Medicine: "What is a Tailbone Injury?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Coccydynia (Tailbone Pain)."

Tailbone Injury Information from eMedicineHealth.

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