Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute - Health Library
Decrease font size Default font size Increase font size

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Tailbone (Coccyx) FractureFractura del c³ccix

Tailbone (Coccyx) Fracture

Your coccyx (tailbone) is the bone at the very end of your spine. Most tailbone injuries are caused by a "seated" fall or direct blow. Often, the area around your tailbone is just bruised. But sometimes the bone itself may fracture (break). A tailbone fracture can be very painful and may take some time to heal.

Image

Risk Factors

Women are more likely to injure their tailbones than men. That's because the bone is more exposed in women. In some cases, tailbones can fracture during childbirth.

When to Go to the Emergency Room (ER)

Tailbone injuries are likely to cause pain, swelling, and bruising. Sitting or passing stool may be especially painful. Still, most tailbone fractures are not medical emergencies. Go to your doctor for treatment. Seek emergency care if you have extreme pain, tingling, or weakness in one or both legs.

What to Expect in the ER

  • A doctor will examine your tailbone. This is done by gently inserting a gloved finger into your rectum.

  • X-rays may be taken to check the extent of the injury.

  • You may be given medication to ease discomfort.

Treatment

There is no way to hold a fractured tailbone in place. For that reason, treatment focuses on making you more comfortable while the injury heals. You may be told to ice your injury for a day or two to help relieve swelling and pain. During healing, a special pillow or cushion may be recommended to protect your tailbone while you sit.

Date Last Reviewed: 2004-08-10T00:00:00-06:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-09-27T00:00:00-06:00

Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.424.1881 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.

Testimonials

"I am very impressed with the quality of treatment by the Doctors and all of the staff…excellent is the only word to describe my experience. - D.P."
Read more

In the News

For your orthopedic needs, contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.424.1881 . For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation. We...
Read more