A coccyx injury is an injury to the tailbone and results in pain and discomfort, a condition that is known as coccydynia. These injuries may result in a bruise, dislocation or fracture of the coccyx. Coccyx injuries are extremely slow to heal but may be managed with treatment.
The coccyx itself is the triangular bony structure located at the bottom of the spins and is comprised of three to five segments. The majority of coccyx injuries are suffered by women due to the broader pelvis, which leaves the coccyx more exposed.
Coccyx injury causes
Although it requires some force in order to injure the coccyx, the most common causes of coccyx injuries are as the results of various slips, trips and falls. A fall onto the tailbone in a seated position, usually against a hard surface is the single most common cause.
Injuries to the coccyx may also occur as the direct result of a blow to the spine in contact sports such as rugby or through repeated friction such as when cycling. It is also possible to injure the coccyx as the result of childbirth.
Symptoms of a coccyx injury
A coccyx injury will result in severe localised pain and tenderness in the tailbone area. If the injury was as the result of blunt force trauma, bruising or swelling may also develop around the tailbone area.
The pain of a coccyx injury is generally exacerbated by sitting for extended periods of time or during bowel movements.
How to treat a coccyx injury
In the majority of cases, coccyx injuries do not result in a trip to the accident and emergency department. It is possible to treat a coccyx injury with a number of home remedies such as avoiding sitting for long periods of time and applying ice to the affected area.
You may also wish to consider changing your diet to include more fibre which can soften bowel movements and prevent constipation. However, if your symptoms remain it is best to seek medical attention.
Making a claim for a coccyx injury
If you’ve been injured as the result of slipping, tripping or falling within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. We specialise in all areas of personal injury compensation including slips and trips and have been in the business for over 15 years now. All of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice