Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Coccyx Contusion Overview

What is a coccyx contusion?
A person with coccyx contusion has a bruise overlying the tailbone. Coccyx contusions are very common injuries, usually caused by falls on to the tailbone.

What are the symptoms of a coccyx contusion?
Common symptoms include coccyx pain that worsens with sitting. Other symptoms include tenderness, swelling, and bruising over the tailbone.

How does the doctor treat a coccyx contusion?
Treatment for a coccyx contusion includes rest, cold compresses, and pain medications. A doughnut shaped pillow can help take stress off the coccyx when sitting.

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Last Updated: Feb 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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