Prevention / Tips / Healing Of Tailbone / Coccyx Injury (Fracture / Trauma)
Tailbone(or coccyx) trauma is an injury to the small bone at the lower tip of the spine.It is usually injured in a fall onto a hard surface, such as ice or stairs. The pain usually is due to bruising of the bone or stretching of the ligaments. Tailbone injuries can be diagnosed by finding tenderness of the bone located in the upper part of the groove between the buttocks.Actual fractures of the tailbone (coccyx) are infrequent. Tailbone trauma usually involves bruising of the bone or pulling of the ligaments.
Fractures (breaks) of the tailbone are rare and they heal fine, so an x-ray is unnecessary for this injury. Dislocations of the tailbone are also rare but they need to be put back in place by a doctor.Backward falls onto a hard surface, such as a slippery floor or ice, are the most common cause of this injury.
Symptoms might experience for tailbone trauma:
- Pain experienced with sitting or pressure on the tailbone
- Bruising on the lower portion of the spine
A fractured tailbone can be extremely painful, and usually takes about four to six weeks to heal. To help minimize pain and stay comfortable while the injury is healing,experts suggesting following tips:
- Use a doughnut cushion when seated.Sitting on a large rubber ring or a cushion placed forward on the chair will take pressure off the tailbone.
- Apply an ice pack to the injury for about 20 minutes at a time, several times a day.
- Talk to your doctor about pain-relieving medications.Bruised tailbone will usually hurt for 3 to 4 weeks. Give your child ibuprofen (Advil) for 2 or 3 days. Ibuprofen usually gives more relief for muscle and bone pain than acetaminophen (Tylenol).
- Moving your bowels can be very painful, especially if you're constipated. Try to prevent constipation by drinking lots of fluids and eating plenty of fiber.Occasionally bowel movements will cause enough discomfort so that 1 or 2 tablespoons of mineral oil will temporarily be needed twice a day.
- A heating pad may also help
- If you suspect injury to the neck or spine, do not attempt to move the patient.
- Do not attempt to move the patient if there you think there may be injury to the spinal cord
- Do not run on slippery surfaces, such as around a swimming pool.
- Dress in shoes with good tread or slip-resistant soles, especially in snow or on ice