Tailbone trauma is an injury to the small bone at the lower tip of the spine.
Backward falls onto a hard surface, such as a slippery floor or ice, are the most common cause of this injury.
Review Date: 07/30/2010
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.