Tailbone Injury Aftercare – Best Ways to Minimize Pain

A tailbone injury is a very common type of trauma that can occur after an accident or fall. This injury can be quite painful and typically requires some form of medical treatment to heal. The healing process will vary depending on the severity of the injury, but most injuries should heal within 2 weeks with proper care and rest. 

A tailbone or coccyx injury or coccydynia results in debilitating pain and discomfort in the tailbone area. These can result in further damages like bruises or complete fractures of the tailbone. 

The tailbone is one of three bony projections at the bottom of your spine. The others are known as the sacrum and pubic bone. It serves as a point of attachment for several muscles that assist with movement in your lower body. For this reason, injuries to it can be particularly painful and debilitating when they occur. You may experience pain in this area even if you have not sustained an injury directly to it; some diseases can cause symptoms similar to those caused by trauma.

The tailbone is often more exposed in women than men since their pelvis is naturally broader—making them prone to the injury.  It can be caused by a variety of factors including sports, accidents, falls and even childbirth.

Luckily, most tailbone injuries are manageable as long as you treat them swiftly and carefully. That said, the following are the best ways to minimize the pain. 

It is important to follow your chiropractor’s instructions for treating a tailbone injury, as each case has a slightly different prognosis and recovery time frame.

Home Remedies

Tailbone pain can be a result of many causes. It is common for tailbone injuries to occur after falling on your buttocks or pulling/twisting extremely hard when exercising. Tailbone pain may also occur due to the presence of a tumor in this area or after childbirth, since it is one of the locations where most pelvic fractures happen during labor.

Any form of tailbone injury is excruciatingly painful.  Aside from seeing your chiropractor, there are home remedies that can help control the pain and prevent further irritation to the area. 

  • Avoid Sitting Down for a Long Period and Sit Properly – When sitting, avoid sitting on hard surfaces and alternate between each buttock.
  • Apply Ice to the Tailbone Area – Place ice on the affected area for at least 15 to 12 minutes every day. 
  • Use a Doughnut or Cushion Pillow – This will help ease the pain even when sitting on hard surfaces, speeding up the healing process. 
  • Eat Foods High in Fiber – People who have high-fiber diets, such as vegetarians and vegans, can lessen the pressure on their tailbones because they produce softer stool. 
  • Take Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs – Taking NSAIDs can mitigate the pain from a tailbone injury temporarily.

When to Seek Professional Medical Care

If you’ve tried the home remedies and your pain still subsides, or you have an unexplained discomfort in the tailbone area, it’s time to consult your doctor. They can help you determine if the injury is traumatic or if other more severe issues caused it. 

While many people think of the coccyx as an immovable bone, it does move when you sit down and even more so when you stand up. If there is pressure on the coccyx or if trauma has occurred to it, this can cause pain in your lower back and pelvis. A small crack or fracture to the tailbone will not only hurt but also make it difficult for you to walk straight without limp while bending forward with any weight placed on that hip can be very painful

Although injuries to the tailbone region rarely require emergency room visits, when you experience the following symptoms, go to a hospital immediately: 

  • Sudden Weakness on One or Both Legs – If you’re having difficulty in keeping your legs straight when walking, the injury may have affected your whole legs. 
  • A Sudden Increase in Pain or Swelling – When the pain or swelling on your tailbone suddenly worsens, go to the ER immediately. 
  • The Injury Isn’t Healing Properly – If your tailbone injury is healing lower than usual, seek help—fast. 
  • Prolonged Constipation – If you have trouble defecating for the last couple of days, go to a hospital immediately. 
  • You’re Experiencing Bowel and Bladder Issues – When you experience difficulty defecating or urinating, it’s time to seek a professional. 

Follow-up After a Tailbone Injury

A person with a tailbone injury might be told to check in with their doctor for follow-up physical examinations. The process of these checkups will vary based on the type of injury that has occurred. 

Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of checking for any lingering injuries or pain as well as making sure that an individual can walk without experiencing abnormal problems. Other times, there are more specific tests and evaluations that might be included during this period after a tailbone injury has occurred.

Follow-up checkups are recommended at the discretion of your doctor. The decision depends on the severity of your injury and the progress you’re making with your medical treatments, including home remedies. 

However, most individuals don’t require follow-up checkups if their injury is improving with self-medication and treatments. But for individuals suffering from chronic tailbone pain, frequent follow-ups are ideal. 

Additionally, if you are feeling residual pain or discomfort, you should see a chiropractor for alignment or adjustment.  Chiropractors are known for their ability to realign the patient’s spine, which can in turn help with other ailments. It is common for many people to be nervous about seeing a chiropractor, but there are several reasons why you should see one.

Conclusion

Tailbone injury can result in several health issues like bruises, dislocations, and fractures, and though it heals slower than other medical conditions—it can be managed with careful treatment. 

Most cases of traumatic tailbone injury can get better within several weeks of the tailbone injury, so all you need to do is be proactive and be consistent with your treatments. 

A tailbone or coccyx injury or coccydynia results in debilitating pain and discomfort in the tailbone area. These can result in further damages like bruises or complete fractures of the tailbone. 

The tailbone is one of three bony projections at the bottom of your spine. The others are known as the sacrum and pubic bone. It serves as a point of attachment for several muscles that assist with movement in your lower body. For this reason, injuries to it can be particularly painful and debilitating when they occur. You may experience pain in this area even if you have not sustained an injury directly to it; some diseases can cause symptoms similar to those caused by trauma.

The tailbone is often more exposed in women than men since their pelvis is naturally broader—making them prone to the injury.  It can be caused by a variety of factors including sports, accidents, falls and even childbirth.

Luckily, most tailbone injuries are manageable as long as you treat them swiftly and carefully. That said, the following are the best ways to minimize the pain. 

It is important to follow your chiropractor’s instructions for treating a tailbone injury, as each case has a slightly different prognosis and recovery time frame.

Home Remedies

Tailbone pain can be a result of many causes. It is common for tailbone injuries to occur after falling on your buttocks or pulling/twisting extremely hard when exercising. Tailbone pain may also occur due to the presence of a tumor in this area or after childbirth, since it is one of the locations where most pelvic fractures happen during labor.

Any form of tailbone injury is excruciatingly painful.  Aside from seeing your chiropractor, there are home remedies that can help control the pain and prevent further irritation to the area. 

  • Avoid Sitting Down for a Long Period and Sit Properly – When sitting, avoid sitting on hard surfaces and alternate between each buttock.
  • Apply Ice to the Tailbone Area – Place ice on the affected area for at least 15 to 12 minutes every day. 
  • Use a Doughnut or Cushion Pillow – This will help ease the pain even when sitting on hard surfaces, speeding up the healing process. 
  • Eat Foods High in Fiber – People who have high-fiber diets, such as vegetarians and vegans, can lessen the pressure on their tailbones because they produce softer stool. 
  • Take Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs – Taking NSAIDs can mitigate the pain from a tailbone injury temporarily.

When to Seek Professional Medical Care

If you’ve tried the home remedies and your pain still subsides, or you have an unexplained discomfort in the tailbone area, it’s time to consult your doctor. They can help you determine if the injury is traumatic or if other more severe issues caused it. 

While many people think of the coccyx as an immovable bone, it does move when you sit down and even more so when you stand up. If there is pressure on the coccyx or if trauma has occurred to it, this can cause pain in your lower back and pelvis. A small crack or fracture to the tailbone will not only hurt but also make it difficult for you to walk straight without limp while bending forward with any weight placed on that hip can be very painful

Although injuries to the tailbone region rarely require emergency room visits, when you experience the following symptoms, go to a hospital immediately: 

  • Sudden Weakness on One or Both Legs – If you’re having difficulty in keeping your legs straight when walking, the injury may have affected your whole legs. 
  • A Sudden Increase in Pain or Swelling – When the pain or swelling on your tailbone suddenly worsens, go to the ER immediately. 
  • The Injury Isn’t Healing Properly – If your tailbone injury is healing lower than usual, seek help—fast. 
  • Prolonged Constipation – If you have trouble defecating for the last couple of days, go to a hospital immediately. 
  • You’re Experiencing Bowel and Bladder Issues – When you experience difficulty defecating or urinating, it’s time to seek a professional. 

Follow-up After a Tailbone Injury

A person with a tailbone injury might be told to check in with their doctor for follow-up physical examinations. The process of these checkups will vary based on the type of injury that has occurred. 

Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of checking for any lingering injuries or pain as well as making sure that an individual can walk without experiencing abnormal problems. Other times, there are more specific tests and evaluations that might be included during this period after a tailbone injury has occurred.

Follow-up checkups are recommended at the discretion of your doctor. The decision depends on the severity of your injury and the progress you’re making with your medical treatments, including home remedies. 

However, most individuals don’t require follow-up checkups if their injury is improving with self-medication and treatments. But for individuals suffering from chronic tailbone pain, frequent follow-ups are ideal. 

Additionally, if you are feeling residual pain or discomfort, you should see a chiropractor for alignment or adjustment.  Chiropractors are known for their ability to realign the patient’s spine, which can in turn help with other ailments. It is common for many people to be nervous about seeing a chiropractor, but there are several reasons why you should see one.

Conclusion

Tailbone injury can result in several health issues like bruises, dislocations, and fractures, and though it heals slower than other medical conditions—it can be managed with careful treatment. 

Most cases of traumatic tailbone injury can get better within several weeks of the tailbone injury, so all you need to do is be proactive and be consistent with your treatments. 

 

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