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Tailbone (Coccyx) Injury (cont.)

Tailbone Pain Causes

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There are many different conditions that can lead to tailbone pain. Often, the cause of the pain is unknown (idiopathic) and never determined. Conditions known to lead to coccyx pain include the following.

Trauma: Injury to the coccyx is a very common cause of tailbone pain. Injury to the coccyx may lead to a bruise, fracture, or dislocation of the coccyx.

  • A fall onto the tailbone in the seated position, usually against a hard surface, is a common cause of coccyx injury.
  • A direct blow to the tailbone, such as those that occur during contact sports, can also injure the coccyx.
  • The coccyx can be injured or fractured during childbirth.
  • Repetitive straining or friction against the coccyx (as happens in bicycling or rowing) can injure the coccyx.

Less common causes of coccyx pain include bone spurs, compression of nerve roots, localized infections, and tumors.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/12/2015

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