Tailbone (Coccyx) Injury (cont.)
Home Remedies for Tailbone Pain
Coccyx pain can often be extremely painful and debilitating, so home care is aimed at controlling the pain and avoiding further irritation to the coccyx. The vast majority of cases of coccyx pain can be managed at home.
- Avoid sitting down on hard surfaces for long periods of time. When on hard surfaces, alternate sitting on each side of the buttocks. Also, lean forward and direct weight away from the tailbone.
- For traumatic injuries, apply ice to the tailbone area for 15-20 minutes, four times a day, for the first few days after the injury.
- Use NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as ibuprofen (Advil), for pain control.
- Purchase a "doughnut" cushion or customized sitting cushion to sit on. This cushion has a hole in the middle of it in order to prevent the tailbone from contacting the flat sitting surface. This helps to avoid direct painful contact against the coccyx area.
- Eat foods high in fiber to soften stools and avoid constipation, which can sometimes cause worsening pain in the coccyx area.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/12/2015
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