Injury to the Tailbone (Coccyx)

Skip Navigation

Overview

Injuries to the tailbone (coccyx) can occur when you slip or fall and hit your tailbone (impact injury).

The most common symptom of a tailbone injury is pain when you sit, especially if you slump or sit on a hard seat. Straining to have a bowel movement also can be very painful. Home treatment often eases pain.

You have an increased chance of developing an infection when the skin over your tailbone is cut, scraped, or punctured after an injury.

Occasionally a spinal injury can occur at the same time as a tailbone injury. This type of injury is serious and requires immediate medical care. Signs of a spinal injury may include loss of bowel or bladder control, weakness in the legs, or tingling or numbness in the buttocks, genital area, or legs.

Related Information

Credits

Current as of: July 17, 2023

Author: Healthwise Staff
Clinical Review Board
All Healthwise education is reviewed by a team that includes physicians, nurses, advanced practitioners, registered dieticians, and other healthcare professionals.

The Health Encyclopedia contains general health information. Not all treatments or services described are covered benefits for Kaiser Permanente members or offered as services by Kaiser Permanente. For a list of covered benefits, please refer to your Evidence of Coverage or Summary Plan Description. For recommended treatments, please consult with your health care provider.