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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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What physical therapy exercises should I be doing at 4 weeks after a coccyx fracture?

What physical therapy exercises should I be doing at 4 weeks after a coccyx fracture?

Coccyx: Alone exercises may be quite painful. One thing use a doughnut cushion when sitting. Secondly a nerve block will definitely help with pain. A topical cream could also be used. These can be quite painful. ...Read more

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What would cause a stress fracture of the coccyx?

What would cause a stress fracture of the coccyx?

Coccyx: Stress fracture may be caused by repetitive overuse, weak bone tissues such as osteopenia and osteoporosis, essentially too much stress for the bone to handle. ...Read more

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It's been 14 weeks since i fell and fractured l1, sacrum and coccyx. Should i still be in severe pain?

It's been 14 weeks since i fell and fractured l1, sacrum and coccyx.  Should i still be in severe pain?

Please see below: Bone usually heals in 4-6 weeks, if you continue to have pain, it warrants evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a broken or fractured coccyx cause any changes to your bowel movements?

Can a broken or fractured coccyx cause any changes to your bowel movements?

Yes and no: It will not directly cause a change in bowel movements, however, patients may try to avoid or postpone going do to pain. Occasionally the use of a stool softener will make it less painful when you go. ...Read more

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Can you exercise while having a mildly displaced fracture of the distal coccyx?

Can you exercise while having a mildly displaced fracture of the distal coccyx?

Coccyx fracture: Each fracture has it's own personality. If chronic, nontender, and stable, it should be ok to progress as tolerated. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with fracture coccyx 2weeks ago.plz advice when will I sit without pain? When could I safely drive my car? Thanks

Diagnosed with fracture coccyx 2weeks ago.plz advice when will I sit without pain? When could I safely drive my car? Thanks

This can be short-: -lived or can be a long drawn out problem. First you can drive, use a donut pillow, also ice and NSAIDS if able. If this fails seak out a pain clinic 4 an injection, if 100% gone 4 a while, but returns, you need to find a surgeon with experience in coccyx resection. I somehow became that surgeon in my city. Excised about 25+ all better same day, happy & no return. Simple rectal xam makes the Dx 2. ...Read more

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Hello- I fell 1/1/15, after Xrays, bone scans and MRI's I was finally told I had indeed fractured my coccyx. Here are the findings from my MRI from 10/16/15 (10.5 months after my fall) I'm looking for options* Ganglion impar block cause more pain* Findin

Fracture healed ?: By now a fracture has healed. You need evaluation, and consideration of an injection in the tender area. This woudl be a simple injection depending on the findings. See your physician. Uncertin what ganglin impar block cause more pain* findin means ...Read more

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Is it ok to still lift if i fractured my coccyx?

Lifting is fine: Lifting rarely causes strain on the coccyx sitting is the biggest problem. A coccyx donut or sacral donut pillow are great supports. ...Read more

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I feel since 14d sitting, diagnosed with fractured coccyx. When could I drive safely? Will a 2hr walk delay healing? Thanks

I feel since 14d sitting, diagnosed with fractured coccyx. When could I drive safely? Will a 2hr walk delay healing? Thanks

Pain is guide: Painful injury. Nothing really makes it heal faster. I tell my patients let pain be your guide. If activity not painful, then ok. If painful, stop. Hope this is helpful. Best of luck with this injury. Hope it heals quickly and you are better soon. Dr R ...Read more

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Pls advise long term prognosis of fractured coccyx, dislocated (90 degrees to spine) for 33 year old female. Thanks !?

Pls advise long term prognosis of fractured coccyx, dislocated (90 degrees to spine) for 33 year old female. Thanks !?

For most no issue: Long term. This may not be even a fracture as some have that position as normal. A MRI would tell you if it is a true fracture or not if the study was done within 3 months of you injuring yourself. Sometimes, this x-ray is misinterpreted as a fracture. ...Read more

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Mri says coccyx incomplete fracture on 2° vertebrae. After two weeks I am not able to walk or stay for more then 5 minutes. Is it possible?

Mri says coccyx incomplete fracture on 2° vertebrae. After two weeks I am not able to walk or stay for more then 5 minutes. Is it possible?

Yes: Probably you landed in a fall , fracture of coccyx will heal with time on their own speak to your doctor, in couple of wks you will be fine. ...Read more

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Can non dislocated fracture of coccyx trigger delayed neuralgia in neck and skull? injured beg November, neuralgia stared end Dec. Tks.

Can non dislocated fracture of coccyx trigger delayed neuralgia in neck and skull? injured beg November, neuralgia stared end Dec. Tks.

Highly unlikely: There is virtually no chance that the neuralgic pains you're feeling from December in the neck or the "skull" as you put it have anything to do with the coccygeal fracture. It would be kinda like finding a Polar Bear sunbathing in the Amazon Rain Forest! Totally WRONG location! Nice thing about fractures is that PAIN marks the spot...like the X on a treasure map! Anything else is "fool's gold!" ...Read more

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Could coccyx dislocation, fracture or coccydinia with pain & occasional numb feet cause bone erosion & tissue thickening on CT or something greater?

Could coccyx dislocation, fracture or coccydinia with pain & occasional numb feet cause bone erosion & tissue thickening on CT or something greater?

Tailbone pain: Tailbone pain is frequently caused by degenerated lumbar discs. Numbness in the feet can be cause by narrowing of the spinal canal from overgrown joints and ligaments. Generally, arthritis is not associated with bony erosion rather bony growth. ...Read more

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Can you recommend anything other than surgery? I began having lower back pain 6 yrs ago, ended up having 3 injections for fractured facets, arthritic changes and 2 bulging discs. 2 years ago, i had another 3 injections for the same problem. The dr told me

Can you recommend anything other than surgery? I began having lower back pain 6 yrs ago, ended up having 3 injections for fractured facets, arthritic changes and 2 bulging discs. 2 years ago, i had another 3 injections for the same problem. The dr told me

I'm : I'm sorry you're having trouble getting relief of your pain. Based on your description, you have facet mediated pain most likely from facet arthropathy (arthritis). It sounds as though you have exhausted many of the non-operative options available for your problem. Some other options (you may or may not have tried already) include acupuncture, physical therapy, oral medications, and lumbar traction. None of these methods are a "cure-all" but they may give you enough relief to make the situation tolerable and avoid surgery. If you fail all of these measures and continue to have pain that interferes with your quality of life you might consider surgery. There are some newer techniques that have not stood the test of time (facet joint replacement) but the gold standard is lumbar fusion. It is reliable surgery in the properly indicated patient. You would need to discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives with your surgeon, but don't expect 100% relief of pain. If you can accept 75% improvement in your pain condition, that would be a reasonable expectation. Good luck, hope you find relief. ...Read more

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6 months ago I fell down some stairs. The caused pain in my lower back. I thought it was just sore muscles. Turns out I have a compression fracture of my L1. The pain persists. Is surgery still an option?

Compression fracture: Stable compression fractures of L1dont need surgery surgery is indicated unstable compression fractures greater than 50%loss of anterior height or greater than15% degrees kyphosis or wedging progressive deformity is another indication your pain could still be from muscle stable compression fractures heal in 3 months persistent pain may indicate an unstable fracture pattern or soft tissue injury ...Read more

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I fell out of a chair onto my butt. Now I have a sharp pain in my lower back. A few months ago i fractured my tailbone. Should i go to an orthopedic?

I fell out of a chair onto my butt. Now I have a sharp pain in my lower back. A few months ago i fractured my tailbone. Should i go to an orthopedic?

Good idea: If the pain has not improved with time and simple things like over the counter medicine, exercise, heat or cold, then seeing your primary provider or a spine specialist is a good idea. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Roh
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Coccyx (Definition)

Coccyx is the triangular piece of bone at the end of the spine. It is commonly ...Read more