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Jan 15

The tailbone is a small bone at the base of your spine. It's actually called the coccyx, and it's made up of three to five fused vertebrae. The coccyx helps keep you from sitting on your butt all day long! But if you have an injury to this area, then things can get uncomfortable. In this blog post, we'll discuss how chiropractors can help minimize pain after a tailbone injury. You'll learn about what causes these injuries and how they're treated as well as tips for dealing with pain in the meantime!

For starters, until it ached, you probably never gave your tailbone a second thought.

The multisegmented bone at the bottom of your spine, just above your buttocks, is the source of tailbone pain. The tailbone is tiny, but it performs a few critical functions. When you sit, it aids in the stabilization of your body. The area also has a lot of tendons, muscles, and ligaments running through it.

Your doctor may refer to your tailbone by its medical name, "coccyx," which originates from the Greek word for "cuckoo." The coccyx was given this name because it resembles a bird's beak. Coccydynia refers to pain in the coccyx. The pain from a broken tailbone might be minimal to severe. When you sit down, stand up from a chair, or lean back while sitting, the discomfort can get worse.

When you go to the bathroom or have sex, you may experience pain. During their menstruation, women may experience discomfort. The ache can sometimes travel all the way down your legs. Standing or walking should reduce strain on your tailbone and help you feel better.


After sitting for a long time on a hard bench or other uncomfortable surfaces, your tailbone may have begun to hurt. Falls and other traumas can cause your tailbone to bruise, dislocate, or break. Tailbone discomfort can also be caused by joint deterioration from repetitive motions or regular wear and tear as a result of aging.

The ligaments that link and surround the coccyx loosen spontaneously during the third trimester of pregnancy to make room for the baby. That's why women are five times more likely than men to suffer from tailbone discomfort. Being overweight also makes you more vulnerable to tailbone problems.

You'll lose the padding that covers your tailbone if you lose weight quickly, and you'll be more likely to hurt it. Coccyx discomfort can be caused by an infection or tumor in rare situations.


Chiropractors are trained to manipulate or mobilize the joint to address the majority of tail bone discomfort. Your chiropractor can realign structures, reduce inflammation, and stretch ligaments with an internal coccyx adjustment. Internal coccyx adjustments are performed in a gentle and comfortable manner for the patient. The internal coccyx adjustment is not painful, but it might be uncomfortable. It's a technique that can be halted at any point if the patient is in pain or discomfort. The adjustment can take anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes.

If the coccyx was out of place before, it will remain in place following repair unless it is reinjured. However, depending on the intensity and irritation of the surrounding ligaments and structures, especially in chronic situations, you may require additional treatments. Once your coccyx discomfort has been treated, it's time to focus on the surrounding areas, such as your pelvis and lumbar spine, to get them back to normal.

Tailbone discomfort is unpleasant, but it is only transitory. Maintain vigilance. Take your medications as directed, use ice packs, soak in hot baths, get a donut (the cushion and, well, you might as well get the chocolate glazed one as well), and spend more time on your feet. Don't wait until your tailbone pain becomes excruciating before contacting Peak Potential Family Chiropractic - Houston Heights! We'll provide you with top-of-the-line chiropractic care to help you feel better!