Tailbone Injury

The tailbone is the small bone at the lower end of the backbone (spine). You may have stretched tissues, bruises, or a broken bone (fracture). Most tailbone injuries get better on their own after 4 to 6 weeks.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes. Do this every hour while you are awake for 1 to 2 days.

  • Sit on a large, rubber or inflated ring or cushion to lessen pain. Lean forward when you sit to help lessen pain.

  • Avoid sitting in one place for a long time.

  • Increase your activity as the pain allows.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • You can take medicine to help you poop (stool softeners) if it is painful to poop.

  • Eat foods with plenty of fiber.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your pain gets worse.

  • Pooping causes you pain.

  • You cannot poop (constipation).

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.