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Tailbone trauma

  • Alternative Names

    Coccyx injury

    First Aid

    For tailbone trauma where no spinal cord injury is suspected:

    • Relieve pressure on the tailbone by sitting on an inflatable rubber ring or cushions.
    • Take acetaminophen for pain.
    • Take a stool softener to avoid constipation.

    If you suspect injury to the neck or spine, do not attempt to move the patient.

    Do Not

    Do NOT attempt to move the patient if you think there may be injury to the spinal cord.

    Call immediately for emergency medical assistance if

    Call for immediate medical help if:

    • Spinal cord injury is suspected.
    • The patient cannot move.
    • Pain is severe.