Chiropractic treatments bring you relief from the pain of an injured tailbone by focusing on spinal manipulation. No surgeries or medicines needed! Instead, a chiropractor will adjust your spine, and suggest workouts, massage therapies, and hot and cold compresses to reduce your pain.
What is the fastest way to heal a sore tailbone?
- Lean forward while sitting down.
- Sit on a doughnut-shaped pillow or wedge (V-shaped) cushion.
- Apply heat or ice to the affected area.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or aspirin.
How do you realign your tailbone?
Gently increasing the stretch over time will allow the range of movement to expand.
- Lie down on the back and extend the feet straight out.
- Bend one knee toward the chest.
- Hold onto the bent knee and pull it gently down into the chest.
- Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side.
How do you know if your tailbone is misaligned?
The most obvious symptom is coccydynia, or pain at the tailbone. However often patients have no pain at the tailbone until it is directly touched, and occasionally have no pain around it at all. This symptom may manifest as an inability to be comfortable in sitting.
What type of doctor treats tailbone pain?
The vast majority of cases of tailbone pain can be managed by a primary-care physician, such as a family physician or internist. In the rare case of surgical intervention, a spine surgeon will be consulted.
How serious is tailbone pain?
See your doctor if the pain is severe or lasts more than a few days. Most of the time, tailbone pain isn’t serious. It can sometimes be a sign of an injury. In very rare cases, tailbone pain can be a sign of cancer.
How should I sleep with tailbone pain?
Sleeping with a broken tailbone
To lessen the pain of a broken or bruised tailbone, consider sleeping: on a firm mattress. on your side with a pillow between your knees. on your back with a pillow under your knees.
When should I go to the doctor for tailbone pain?
You should call your doctor immediately if you have pain in the tailbone and any of the following other symptoms: A sudden increase in swelling or pain. Constipation that lasts a long time. Sudden numbness, weakness, or tingling in either or both legs.
Can you adjust your tailbone?
An internal coccyx adjustment can be done by your chiropractor to realign structures, decrease inflammation, and stretch ligaments. Internal coccyx adjustments are done gently and as comfortably as possible for the patient. Though the internal coccyx adjustment can be uncomfortable, it is not painful.
Is Coccydynia permanent?
Coccydynia is often reported following a fall or after childbirth. In some cases, persistent pressure from activities like bicycling may cause the onset of coccyx pain. Coccydynia due to these causes usually is not permanent, but it may become very persistent and chronic if not controlled.
Can you massage a tailbone?
Massage the muscles attached to the tailbone to help ease pain. Physical therapy can be beneficial in teaching pelvic floor relaxation techniques (reverse Kegels) which help get the coccyx into better alignment and can relieve the pain experienced when urinating or defecating.