Tailbone Injury Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler, MD on January 27, 2020

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 wedge-type cushion (from a medical supply store) so their weight is distributed forward.
  • 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.