4 Reasons why Tailbone Fractures and Dislocations Can NOT be Treated like Other Body Regions

Why can’t you just treat coccyx pain or injuries the same way you would treat other musculoskeletal injuries?
There are 4 main reasons:  
  • #1: You can NOT put a CAST on the tailbone.
    • Unlike an injury to your arm or leg, you can not put a CAST on your tailbone.
  • #2: You can NOT use a SLING for the tailbone.
    • Unlike an injury to your arm, you can not use a SLING for your tailbone.
  • #3: You can NOT use orthopedic hardware on the tailbone.
    • Unlike an injury to your arm, you can not use orthopedic hardware on the tailbone.
    • For arm or leg injuries, orthopedic hardware includes using plates and screws to hold the bones in place. But the bones that the tailbone are very small and fragile, and do not have the sturdiness or “bone stock” for the screws, plates, or rods to be held in place. The small bones of the coccyx may crumble if you tried to put a sturdy screw into them.
  •  #4: Ideally, the tailbone needs to be able to MOVE.
    • Even if you could use orthopedic hardware or other approaches to fuse the tailbone together, that may create new problems. Normally, the tailbone needs to be able to move a small amount. When we sit, the tailbone normally flexes forward so that it is out of the way while we are sitting. Fusion would prevent that, which could potentially make the pain even worse.

 

Fortunately, most people with coccyx pain (tailbone pain, coccydynia) respond well to non-surgical treatment, including the use of cushions, medications, and local injections.

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4 Reasons Tailbone Pain is treated Differently
Patrick Foye, M.D.
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Dr. Foye is an expert at treating tailbone pain (coccyx pain).

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