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Injury to the Tailbone (Coccyx)

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Injuries to the tailbone (coccyx) can occur when you slip or fall and hit your tailbone (impact injury).

The most common symptom of a tailbone injury is pain when you sit, especially if you slump or sit on a hard seat. Straining to have a bowel movement also can be very painful. Home treatment often eases pain.

You have an increased chance of developing an infection when the skin over your tailbone is cut, scraped, or punctured after an injury.

Occasionally a spinal injury can occur at the same time as a tailbone injury. This type of injury is serious and requires immediate medical care. Signs of a spinal injury may include loss of bowel or bladder control, weakness in the legs, or tingling or numbness in the buttocks, genital area, or legs.

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By Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
David Messenger, MD
Last Revised May 23, 2013

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