Tailbone Trauma – Frisco, TX
The tailbone or coccyx is a triangular-shaped bony structure situated at the lower end of the vertebral column. It comprises of three to five bony segments that are held together by a network of joints and ligaments. Any injury or sudden trauma in the tailbone can cause it to dislocate or break thereby causing immense pain and discomfort. Tailbone trauma is more likely to occur in women because of their anatomy.

Causes Of Tailbone Trauma

  • A sudden fall on the tailbone against a hard surface
  • Injury during childbirth
  • Repetitive activities such as bicycling where the coccyx is strained
  • Direct blow to the tailbone during contact sports
  • Injury to any other part of the spine
  • Bone spurs, tumors or local infections
  • Compression of nerve roots

Symptoms Of Tailbone Trauma

  • Extreme pain and tenderness in the coccyx region
  • Visible bruising in the affected area
  • Pain may worsen with prolonged periods of sitting
  • Pain and discomfort during bowel movements
  • Pain during sexual intercourse can be felt by women

Diagnosis Of Tailbone Trauma

  • The spine specialist may conduct a thorough physical examination of the vertebral column of the patient to look for any visible signs of tailbone trauma
  • The medical history of the patient may be noted down to determine the cause of trauma
  • A neurologic and rectal exam may also be performed
  • Imaging tests such as X-Rays may also be performed to see if there is a fracture or dislocation of the tailbone

Treatment For Tailbone Trauma

Most of the patients get relief from non-surgical modes of treatment and surgical intervention is seldom required.

Non-surgical treatment

  • The patient may be advised not to sit for prolonged periods of time, especially on hard surfaces
  • Application of ice packs on the tailbone area may provide temporary relief from pain
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may also help in providing respite from pain
  • Local anesthetics may be injected into the tailbone if pain persists
  • Manipulation of the coccyx may be done by the spine specialist to properly realign it
  • If the problem has been caused by a pilonidal cyst, an incision is made to drain out the cyst
  • Antibiotics may be prescribed in case of an infection in the tailbone
  • The doctor may suggest using a doughnut-shaped pillow while sitting to avoid the tailbone from touching the flat hard surface
  • High fiber foods may be advised so as to avoid constipation
  • Physical therapy also proves to be useful in providing relief from discomfort

Surgical treatment

In rare cases, the tailbone needs to be removed using surgical procedure known as coccygectomy

If you have also suffered from tailbone trauma, get in touch with a spine surgeon to get immediate medical attention.