Tailbone Injuries: How Chiropractic Can Help
By Sara Butler
If you’ve ever injured your tailbone, you know it can make it painful to do simple tasks such as lying down, standing and sitting. This type of injury is common in athletes but can impact anyone, all it takes is a fall on a hard surface and your tailbone can be bruised and subluxated. Here’s how your chiropractor can help if you injure your tailbone.
What is the Tailbone?
Your tailbone is the very end of your spinal column, technically called the coccyx. This bone is most noticeable when you are sitting, which is why sitting for sustained periods of time can cause it to be sore. When the bone is damaged from a fall it can be even more difficult to do everyday tasks since it can cause so much discomfort and pain.
The Causes of Tailbone Injury
Falling is the most common way to sustain an injury to your tailbone. Many people will fall on their buttocks and feel an immediate and sharp pain in their tailbone that goes away after a time. But if you land directly on your tailbone, such as when you slip and fall on the stairs, it can cause a tailbone injury since the impact is directly on the tailbone.
Falls aren’t the only thing that can cause a tailbone injury. Sitting for long periods of time on hard pieces of furniture can cause pain – and that type of tailbone pain can impact even those who are active otherwise.
When you injure your tailbone the muscles surrounding it will become stiff. Swelling can occur and the coccyx may end up pulling away from where it should be, causing the nerves in the area to become compressed. You can experience inflammation and irritation that can cause even more pain and discomfort.
How Chiropractic Can Help
Chiropractic is one of the best treatments you can seek if you should sustain a tailbone injury. If the tailbone moves out of alignment, causing irritation to the nerves and tissues around it, then having a chiropractor correct the misalignment can help to bring relief. They can also offer exercises and a stretching regimen that may help, as well as ice therapy to help soothe the irritated tissues.
There are times when the injury is so severe that a surgeon may need to be consulted, but chiropractic care is usually the best solution for the injury. If you’ve injured your tailbone recently or even in the past, you should come into The Joint Chiropractic today and have it checked out!