Fractured Coccyx: Causes Symptoms Diagnosis Treatments

Broken Coccyx Overview

If you suffered a broken coccyx not only is your injury extremely painful, but it can take a long time to heal. With careful, effective treatment, however, you could be back on the road to recovery sooner rather than later.

Broken / fractured coccyx NHS treatment is good but it is never as effective as private medical care. You could qualify for free private treatment for a fractured coccyx and free private physio aftercare which could help speed up your fractured coccyx recovery time from what is often a very painful injury that keeps you from carrying out daily activities. To find out more about the causes, symptoms and treatment of a fractured coccyx, please click on the Select a Section below.

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Broken / Fractured Coccyx Definition

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Broken coccyx

If you suffer a damaged coccyx after a fall, the chances are you would experience a tremendous amount of pain and discomfort in pelvic region. However, you may have bruised your tailbone or you could have a dislocation but in a worst case scenario, you may have sustained a broken coccyx. Your tailbone is made up of 3 to 5 bits of bone which are found at the base of your spine. It is worth noting that women are more susceptible to suffering this type of injury because they have a broader pelvis than their male counterparts and that any sort of injury to your coccyx is known as “coccydynia”.

If you sustained a broken coccyx whether through a fall or other type of incident, you may be entitled to free private medical care and free private physiotherapy aftercare in your area which could get you back on your feet sooner rather than later. To find out if you qualify, please call one of our health experts who would let you know in minutes.

What are the Common Causes of a Broken Coccyx?

Most injuries to your tailbone are the result of some kind of trauma with the most common causes being as follows:

  • You fall in the seated position onto a hard surface jarring your tailbone
  • You receive a direct blow to the base of your spine which often occurs in contact sports
  • Women can sustain a broken coccyx during childbirth
  • Friction or repetitive straining against your coccyx can be the cause which is especially true for cyclists and rowers

Less common causes of a broken coccyx could include the following:

  • Bone spurs
  • Compression of nerve roots
  • Injuries to the spine
  • Local infections
  • Tumours

With this said, in some instances the cause of a broken coccyx remains unknown.

To find out whether you would be entitled to free private broken coccyx treatment in your area and to see if you qualify for free private physiotherapy aftercare, please get in touch with one of our health experts today.

What Are Some Symptoms of a Broken / Fractured Coccyx?

Broken coccyx symptoms are quite specific with the pain and discomfort around your tailbone being extremely acute. Other symptoms of a fractured coccyx could include the following:

  • Noticeable bruising around the base of your spine and tailbone
  • Sitting down for longer periods or applying pressure to the base of you spine causes increased pain and discomfort
  • Bowel movements are very painful because you have to strain
  • Women experience pain during intercourse

If you experience any other the above symptoms, you may have a broken coccyx which you should have correctly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible with the main concern being that you are prescribed effective pain relief medication to alleviate the discomfort associated with this type of injury. You may qualify for free private treatment in your area if you suffered a fractured coccyx, it takes a few minutes to find out by giving one of our health experts today.

Have I Bruised or Broken my Coccyx?

If you suffered some sort of trauma to your tailbone, you may find that you have either seriously bruised your coccyx or you may have suffered a fracture to your tailbone and the only way to determine the extent of your injury is to be examined by a doctor as soon as possible. You could even have a serious dislocation which a doctor would establish by carrying out specific tests.

As previously touched upon, your tailbone is made up of 3 to 5 bones which are held in place by ligaments and joints. When you injure any of these, it could result in a fracture, a dislocation or serious bruising which although very painful, is not as serious as a fracture to your tailbone.

If you are unhappy in the way you are being treated for your injury because you are having to take a lot of broken coccyx time off work and would like to know more about any free private treatment, free private physiotherapy and medical aids that may help speed up your recovery, please get in touch with one of our health experts today who would tell you in minutes what type of treatment and aftercare you might be entitled to receive in your area.

When Should I Seek Medical Attention For a Broken / Fractured Coccyx?

If you have fallen badly on your tailbone or received a blow playing a contact sport and you experience a tremendous amount of pain at the base of your spine, you should seek medical attention immediately by going to your local A&E where x-rays and other imaging tests would be carried out to determine the extent of your injury and to rule out any other conditions that may be causing the pain.

The typical initial NHS fractured coccyx treatment involves a thorough examination before a doctor would take a series of x-rays and scans to see which of your tailbones has been damaged and whether you have sustained a severely bruised coccyx or a fracture.

How is a Broken/ Fractured Coccyx Diagnosed?

When diagnosing a fractured coccyx, a doctor would first carry out a thorough examination of your tailbone region and ask how you sustained the injury. They would then carry out the following tests:

  • X-rays of your tailbone and sometimes your entire spine which are done when you are in the standing and seated position. A fractured coccyx x-ray would reveal the extent of the damage and which of the tailbones have been affected
  • A doctor may decide to carry out a neurological examination
  • A doctor may perform a rectal examination which allows them to feel whether you have a serious dislocation or fracture. This may be done under a local anaesthetic

If you are unhappy in the way you are being treated for a fractured coccyx on the NHS and would like to know more about any free private treatment and care as well as free private physiotherapy and medical aids that may help speed up your recovery, speak to one of our health experts who can tell you straight away.

How is a Broken Coccyx Typically Treated?

As previously mentioned, any sort of injury to your tailbone can be extremely painful and as such pain relief management is essential if you suffer this type of injury. As such, Once a doctor has established that you suffered this type of injury, broken coccyx treatment would involve taking pain relief medication and a doctor would typically also prescribe the following:

  • Medication to soften your stools to reduce the risk of constipation

Once you are home, there are certain things you can do to ease any discomfort and pain you experience which are detailed below:

  • You should avoid sitting for longer periods of time and to alternate your weight to each buttock
  • Avoid sitting on harder surfaces
  • Lean forwards to reduce any weight placed on your coccyx
  • If you suffered a traumatic fracture to your coccyx, applying ice for 15 to 20 minutes to the base of your spin four times a day for the first few days can help reduce any discomfort
  • Take over-the-counter pain relief tablets providing your doctor says you can
  • Invest in a “doughnut cushion” to sit on
  • Eating high fibre foods would help reduce the risk of developing constipation

If you are unhappy in the way you are being treated for a broken coccyx on the NHS and would like to know more about any free private treatment, free private physiotherapy and medical aids that may help speed up your recovery, we can tell you in minutes what sort of medical care you would be entitled to receive in your area. Speak to one our health experts today.

Could I Qualify for Free Private Treatment for a Broken Coccyx?

If you suffered a broken coccyx whether during a fall, playing sports or because you were involved in some other accident that left you with a serious injury to your tailbone, you may be entitled to free private medical treatment in your area. You could also qualify for free private physio aftercare for a broken coccyx. You can find out in seconds by calling us today. Our team of friendly health experts are waiting to take your call.

How Long Does a Broken Coccyx Take to Heal?

Broken coccyx healing time depends on the severity and complexity of your injury. For most people if their treatment is successful and they are given the correct pain management to suit their injury, it can take anything from 3 to 4 weeks before they see any improvement. However, if you sustained a more serious fracture to your tailbone, you may find that your recovery takes considerably longer.

It is worth noting that broken coccyx surgery is rarely needed unless the damage is so severe there is no alternative, but chronic pain can be an issue which is why pain management is so important with this type of injury.

If you are unhappy in the way you are being treated for a broken coccyx on the NHS and would like to know more about any free private treatment, free private physiotherapy and medical aids that may help speed up your recovery, please get in touch today.

Should I Keep Follow Up Appointments for a Broken Coccyx?

You should always keep any follow up appointments with your doctor or hospital following your initial broken coccyx treatment. This allows a doctor to see whether you are healing properly. You may need stronger medication to relieve any pain and discomfort you are experiencing. Other reasons why follow up appointments are so important include the following:

  • Follow up appointments allow a doctor to determine whether you need specialist treatment due to chronic pain you may be experiencing even though you are taking pain relief medication
  • It also allows a doctor to establish whether you would need to undergo surgery to correct the problem

If you are unhappy in the way you are being treated for a broken coccyx and would like to know more about any free private treatment, free private physiotherapy and medical aids that may help speed up your recovery, please get in touch today.

What Free Private Physiotherapy Could I Qualify For in My Area?

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Broken coccyx treatment

You may qualify for free private medical treatment for a broken coccyx and you could also be entitled to free private physiotherapy aftercare in your area which could help speed up your recovery time considerably following such a debilitating injury.

Call today and discuss your needs with one of our healthcare professionals who would tell you in minutes whether you qualify for free private care having sustained a broken coccyx.

Could I Speed Up My Broken Coccyx Recovery Time Safer and Possibly Quicker?

As previously touched upon, a broken coccyx recovery time depends very much on the severity and complexity of your injury. There are other factors to take into consideration which includes the following:

  • The cause of your injury
  • The severity of the fracture and which coccyx bones were negatively impacted by the injury
  • If you respond well to a treatment and pain relief management
  • Your age and overall well-being

With this said, most people who suffer a broken coccyx see an improvement in their condition in anything from 3 to 4 weeks following the incident that caused their injury. It is worth noting that a low percentage of people require surgery for a broken coccyx and that a few people have to put up with chronic pain and discomfort even when they have received adequate treatment and pain relief medication.

It is also worth noting that physiotherapy plays a key role in your broken coccyx recovery and rehabilitation. As such, it is crucial that you seek professional advice on the sort of broken coccyx exercises you can do to help speed up your recovery.

To find out whether you would qualify for free private physio aftercare for a fractured coccyx, please get in touch today.

Are There Any Complications Associated with a Broken Coccyx?

Having sustained a broken coccyx, you may find that you suffer from chronic coccydynia which develops as a result of lower back or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. This chronic pain can flare up as late as four weeks after receiving your initial injury. With this said, many people who suffer from coccyx discomfort following an injury also suffer from lumbar spine issues which includes disc herniations and sacroiliac joint disease amongst other disc problems.

Is the Prognosis Good or Bad for a Broken Coccyx?

The prognosis for a broken coccyx depends on several things which are detailed below:

  • How you sustained the injury to your tailbone and whether it was due to a fall, trauma, tumour or an infection
  • The severity and complexity of your injury
  • Your response to treatment
  • Your age and overall well-being

Most people recovery from a broken coccyx within several weeks of sustaining their injury providing they are correctly diagnosed in a timely manner and provided with the correct treatment and pain relief management. However, in some cases, a person may suffer from chronic pain and discomfort even when treated correctly and as such this type of injury to your tailbone can prove debilitating.

If you are unhappy in the way you are being treated for a fractured coccyx and would like to know more about any free private treatment, free private physiotherapy and medical aids that may help speed up your recovery, please get in touch with one of our health experts today who could tell you within minutes whether you would be eligible for any of them.

Contact Us Today And Discover If You Could Be Eligible For Free Private Broken Coccyx Treatment

A lot of people who sustain a broken coccyx are not aware that they may be entitled to free private medical care and free private physiotherapy aftercare in their area. There are many free treatments and therapies available throughout the country to people who suffer injuries which they would prefer having treated in a private medical facility.

To find out what therapies and treatments are available locally to where you live and whether you would qualify to receive any, please call us today on 020 3870 4868, our phone lines are open from 9 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week and a health expert is waiting to take your call.

Helpful Links

If you damaged your coccyx and are experiencing a lot of pain as a result of your injury, the following link takes you to an NHS website where you would find lots of valuable information on how to cope with the discomfort:

Tailbone pain

If you suffered a broken coccyx and would like to find out more about coccydynia, the link below takes you the an NHS website that provides essential reading on this type of complication that may develop if you sustained a serious injury to your tailbone:

More about coccydynia