Tailbone Fracture Overview
Another name for Tailbone Fracture is Coccyx Fracture.
What is a coccyx fracture?
A person with a coccyx fracture has a broken tailbone. The tailbone, or coccyx, is the lowest section of the spinal column. The coccyx attaches to the sacrum, which is part of the pelvis. The coccyx is subject to injury when one falls, landing on the buttocks. For most people, a coccyx fracture may be painful, but is seldom serious.
What are the symptoms of a coccyx fracture?
Common symptoms of a coccyx fracture include coccyx pain that worsens with sitting. Other symptoms include tenderness, swelling, and bruising over the tailbone. If the fracture is displaced, there may be deformity at the site.
How does the doctor treat a coccyx fracture?
Treatment for a coccyx fracture includes rest, cold compresses, and pain medications. A doughnut shaped pillow can help take stress off the coccyx when sitting. Most of these fractures heal without intervention.
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