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Tailbone (Coccyx) Injury (cont.)

Tailbone Pain Symptoms and Signs

The symptoms of tailbone pain are typically exacerbated by actions that exert pressure or directly contact the coccyx. The pain is usually relieved by removing pressure off the coccyx, such as occurs when standing or walking.

  • Severe localized pain or a deep ache may be felt in the tailbone area when touched.
  • If the injury is traumatic, a bruise may be visible in the coccyx area.
  • The pain is generally worse when sitting for prolonged periods of time on a hard surface or with direct pressure to the tailbone area.
  • Bowel movements and straining may be painful.
  • Some women may experience pain during sexual intercourse.

When to Seek Medical Care for Tailbone Pain

If someone has symptoms of coccyx pain or unexplained discomfort in the coccyx area, contact a health-care professional. A physician may need to examine someone to determine the underlying cause of the coccyx pain and to exclude any potentially serious conditions which can lead to tailbone pain. Furthermore, if there is a traumatic injury to the coccyx, imaging studies may need to be performed.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/12/2015

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