Tailbone Pain (Coccydynia)

How does tailbone injury happen?

Tailbone (coccyx) injury usually happen after a slip and fell accident. You fall and hit your tailbone which is a direct impact injury to your tailbone.

What are the symptom of a tailbone injury?

The most common symptoms of a tailbone injury is sharp pain to your tailbone when sitting down. The pain is worse with you slump or sit on a hard seat. Bowel movement may be difficult as the pain increased when you strain.

You may have a risk of infection if your skin over your tailbone is cut after the injury.

Some spinal injury can happen at the same time as a tailbone injury. If you suspect you have a spinal injury, please seek immediate specialist attention. Symptoms of spinal injury include unable to control bowel or bladder, weakness to the legs, tingling sensation or numbness to the buttock areas or legs.

Treatment to tailbone injury

  • A good-padded seat when sitting
  • Avoid long periods of sitting down
  • Anti-inflammatory injection if the tailbone pain persists

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  1. Poornima SivaRanjith says:

    Hello Dr Kevin,

    My husband has a problem with tailbone, 2years back while doing yoga he fell down hitting his tailbone on the ground, since then he is getting swelling and redness on the top leftside near the tailbone.
    He gets swelling whenever his sits for long time in office and it pains he a lot he cannot sit or sleep on his back.

    Is it a serious problem? when I checked for that in internet the symptoms where some where near to Pilonidal Cyst. Could you please help me in knowing if it is Pilonidal infection or just a swelling.


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