What is it?

The coccyx is the last bone in the spine, also called the tailbone. Tailbone fractures are uncommon, and are usually caused by trauma or a direct injury. Rarely, a difficult childbirth may cause coccyx fracture. It is more common in women since the pelvis is broader and the coccyx is more exposed.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include pain in the lower back, which becomes worse during bowel movement and sexual intercourse, swelling, and numbness or tingling of the leg.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging of the spine.


Treatment may include techniques to reduce pain such as specially designed cushions, hot and cold packs, pain relievers, and a standing desk. Recovery takes up to 12 weeks.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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