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Tailbone trauma

  • Definition

    Tailbone trauma is an injury to the small bone at the lower tip of the spine.


    Alternative Names

    Coccyx injury


    Considerations

    Actual fractures of the tailbone (coccyx) are not common. Tailbone trauma usually involves bruising of the bone or pulling of the ligaments.


    Causes

    Backward falls onto a hard surface, such as a slippery floor or ice, are the most common cause of this injury.