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Should I Run If My Tail Bone Hurts
See below: Sounds like you have coccydynia or 'tailbone pain'. This can occur with trauma to the tail bone, abnormally positioned coccyx, or poor sitting posture. Try using a good lumbar support to help shift your pelvis forward. This will put the pressure on your ischium. (bottom part of pelvic bone), and will shift the weight off of your coccyx (tailbone). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more
Many things: Commonly trauma (injury to the area) causes pain in the coccyx (tailbone). Sometimes it fractures (breaks). Using a doughnut shaped pillow for sitting can take the pressure off so it heals. Sitting in warm water sometimes helps. If the pain does not improve with time, see your primary provider. In rare cases, rectal problems and tumors can cause pain in the area. ...Read more
Coccyx bruise or fx: Most likely you bruised or fractured your coccyx, or tail bone. It is rarely a surgical problem, but it can take weeks or months to resolve. Generally, we recommend warm water sitz baths and over-the-counter analgesics like acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or naproxen. If it hurts to sit, buy a coccyx cushion. If the pain is severe, see an orthopaedist. ...Read more
Need history/exam: Hard to tell. You need to have a thorough history and exam. Duration, severity, cause, etc need to be done. ...Read more
Move around: Our tail bone has minimal padding over it (no muscle and little fat) and activities like sitting can cause pressure on the skin and bone, giving you pain. Use a pressure relieving pad such as a memory foam pad when you need to sit for long periods of time. It is not dangerous, but definitely uncomfortable! good luck! ...Read more
Coccydynia: Usually this is due to pain in the coccyx, or tailbone. Sometimes it comes from trauma, but other times there is no explanation. If it only hurts when sitting on hard surfaces, avoid doing so! if you have no choice, there are coccyx cushions that you can buy to relieve the pain, or you can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. If the pain is severe see an orthopaedist. ...Read more
Any recent trauma?: Tailbone pain is called coccydynia with many causes being unknown. Other causes include trauma (fracture), childbirth, prolonged sitting. Rarely, infection or bone tumor. Treatment includes anti-inflammatories and cushions and could take months. To be complete, see a physician and an xray maybe indicated. ...Read more
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