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The goal is to manage pain until the bone can heal. Doctors usually do not correct bad alignments; it will eventually heal itself. Any comments?

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  1. Cherrie says:

    How do you treat a bruised or broken tailbone? Do i need to have a doctor look at it? i don’t really want to go to the doctor, so anything i can

  2. Daniele says:

    Broken Tailbone TreatmentTreatment aims to manage pain until the bone can heal. Even if the coccyx has moved out of its normal position, doctors usually do not try to correct the misalignment. Muscles in the area are powerful and can pull the coccyx back out of position. Because of the location of the coccyx and the number of muscles attached to it, immobilization is very difficult. That muscle movement also delays healing.The area may remain painful for an extended period of time. You may be advised to stay in bed initially, or move only as comfort allows. After a reasonable healing time, steroid injections or surgery may be considered if severe pain persists.Pain ReliefYou may be given medication to ease the pain. To reduce discomfort during bowel movements: Drink plenty of fluids and eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.Stool softeners may help decrease straining during bowel movements.Sitz baths can help relieve muscle spasms. A sitz bath involves soaking the anal area in warm tap water for 10-20 minutes.Sitting can be very uncomfortable after a coccyx fracture. Suggestions to make sitting less painful include: Sit on an air cushion or doughnut pad.Alternate between sitting on one side of the buttock or the other.Try sitting on a hard chair. Sinking into a soft chair sometimes increases the pressure on the coccyx.Slouch to move your weight forward and off the coccyx. Note: This advice holds only until you are well enough to sit properly again.SurgeryIf pain continues and causes persistent disability, a coccygectomy might be recommended. During this procedure, the doctor removes the coccyx.As a rad tech, I can tell you that an x-ray of the coccyx while you are laying on your back is difficult to see because usually there is stool or gas obscuring it. A lateral x-ray (laying on your side) is usually the best way to visualize it, but protocol usually calls for 3 different images anyway.

  3. Devon says:

    Should I go to the doctors but i might as well ask you guys instead of for pain in the tailbone a huge deal for me? Hey, I dont know if its to go to the doctors having to wait

  4. Kris says:

    Your tailbone, medically known as the coccyx, is the bone at the very end of your spinal column, between your buttocks. A broken tailbone may occur when you fall backward and land on your backside. Pain from a broken tailbone is excruciatin… More:http://www.ehow.com/way_5843989_do-broken-tailbone.html?ref=Track2&utm_source=ask

  5. Annabel says:

    There really is nothing to do for fractured tail bone but to give it time. Try to use cushions to keep the pressure off it when you are sitting. Ice will help right after the injury and for the first 24 hours. It is painful, I know from exp… More:http://answers.ask.com/Health/Diseases/how_do_you_treat_a_broken_tailbone

  6. Renita says:

    Traumatic Injury The most noticeable sign of a broken tailbone will be a bruise at the location. You may also feel pain and tenderness. Sitting Down If you try to sit, the pain will be excruciating due to the pressure placed on the bone. It… More:http://www.ehow.com/how_5011291_what-symptoms-broken-tailbone.html

  7. Markita says:

    its not broken. just the bone is bruised and you probably bruised a few muscles. Lay off of it for awhile. Lay down, and be careful. I mean it. There’s no such thing, they would let the body heal on its own. So yeah. its ok. trust me, I’ve

  8. Scarlett says:

    A fall where the tailbone suffers a hard impact can cause A doctor may diagnose a tailbone injury by simply asking the patients questions about the Is Broken · How to Heal a Bruised Tailbone at Home · What to Do for a Broken Tailbone Detail:http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4577470_broken-tailbone-heal.html

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