Tailbone (Coccyx) Injury (cont.)
Tailbone Pain Prevention
- Most coccyx injuries are accidental (such as a slip on ice) and therefore cannot be entirely avoided.
- Wear proper protective padding when participating in contact sports can potentially prevent some coccyx injuries.
Tailbone Pain Prognosis
Most cases of coccyx pain due to injury improve within several weeks with proper medical management and self-care at home. However, the prognosis for coccyx pain ultimately depends on many factors:
- The underlying cause of the coccyx pain (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 underlying general health and natural ability to recuperate and heal
- A few people suffer from chronic coccyx discomfort despite proper medical treatment. This can be an extremely frustrating and debilitating problem.
Lirette, L.S., G. Chaiban, R. Tolba, and H. Eissa. "Coccydynia: An Overview of the Anatomy, Etiology, and Treatment of Coccyx Pain." Ochsner J 14.1 Spring 2014: 84-87.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/12/2015
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