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What is a dislocated tailbone?

What is a dislocated tailbone?

Could happen: Typically can be a post-traumatic finding if one lands forcefully right on the coccyx. It can fracture, or can dislocated. Sometimes some people have something called hooked coccyx, where there is no dislocation, but there is an acutely angled (inwardly angled coccyx), these all could be symptomatic and cause pain in the tailbone area. ...Read more

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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


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How can a dislocated tailbone be fixed?

How can a dislocated tailbone be fixed?

Often not: This will depend on exactly what the injury but if it involves the coccxy, then generally this is left alone. Most of the time the pain will resolve over time but I have never seen or heard of this being fixed in any way. ...Read more

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I have broken and dislocated my tailbone and keep hearing loud cracking sounds. Should I be concerned?

I have broken and dislocated my tailbone and keep hearing loud cracking sounds. Should I be concerned?

Only is painful: Fractures of the coccyx or tail bone can occur and can be quite painful. Several muscles attach to the tail bone and contracting these muscles could cause the bone to shift and/or crack. But as long as you don't have pain, you can leave it alone. If there is pain, this should be checked out by your doctor. Rarely the tailbone can be excised if it is causing a lot of pain. ...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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My mother is 76 and has a dislocated coccyx, oral med has only led to dependency, pt did not help. Do we have other options? history of sepsis and c-diff

My mother is 76 and has a dislocated coccyx, oral med has only led to dependency, pt did not help. Do we have other options? history of sepsis and c-diff

No: Often times in medicine, although we have many options, you also have to look at the facts. In this case, without having sepsis or c-diff a coccygeal fracture is tough to deal with. In this case, with her age, and other medical issues, any surgical treatment would be too risky. ...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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How must you treat a dislocated muster?

How must you treat a dislocated muster?

Shoulder dislocation: More info needed. Length of time to heal depends on what was injured. Bankart tears have potential to heal whereas rotator cuff tears do not. Treatment decisions have many variables. Consult with a shoulder specialist. ...Read more

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What should I do for my dislocated pinky?

What should I do for my dislocated pinky?

See a doctor: Dislocations require early reduction, and sometimes require surgery. Non-treatment or delayed treatment of dislocations can result in permanent hand disability. ...Read more

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