Tailbone (Coccyx) Injury (cont.)
The prognosis for coccyx discomfort depends on many factors:
- The original cause of the problem (whether from trauma, tumor, or infection)
- If traumatic, the severity of the injury (a bruise, fracture, or dislocation)
- The patient's ability to comply with medical treatment
- The patient's natural ability to recuperate and heal
- The majority of cases of traumatic coccyx injury get better within several weeks of the injury with proper medical treatment.
- A few people suffer from chronic coccyx discomfort despite proper medical treatment. This can be an extremely frustrating and debilitating problem.
Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Last Editorial Review: 3/27/2014
Author:Steven E Doerr, MD, Emergency Physician, Lutheran Medical Center, Wheatridge, Colorado.
Editor: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD
Previous contributing authors and editors:
Coauthor(s): Erik D Barton, MD, MS, Associate Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Utah Health Sciences Center.Editors:Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine;
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Steven L Bernstein, MD, Vice-Chair, Academic Affairs, Department of Emergency Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mt Sinai School of Medicine.
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