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Tailbone (Coccyx) Injury (cont.)

Outlook

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

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.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/27/2014

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