What are the symptoms of a fractured coccyx?

Tailbone pain is the pain that happens around or in the bony structure at the bottom of the spine (coccyx). The root for the pain may be because of trauma that is caused to the coccyx due to:

  • A fall
  • Being seated on a hard and/or narrow surface for longer duration
  • Degenerative joint changes
  • Vaginal delivery

Tailbone pain could appear dull and mildly aching but classically becomes prickly during some activities, say, for example, sitting on a hard surface for a long time, getting up from sitting to a standing position or long-drawn-out standing.

Various symptoms for a fractured coccyx are as follows:

  • A sense of crucial and serious pain confined to a small area is felt, and softness could be felt in the tailbone area
  • For serious or critical hurtful injuries, a bruise could be seen in this area
  • Severe or worse pain could be felt when we sit for a prolonged period of time or if we give heavy direct pressure to the tailbone
  • More painful and hard bowel movements and strain in defecation
  • Pain could be felt by women when they have sexual intercourse
  • For some women, menstruation will also be very uncomfortable and painful
  • Weakness in legs could be felt
  • Feeling of numbness
  • Pain keeps on increasing or worsening
  • Swelling occurs in the tailbone area

If the signs and symptoms of a coccyx injury or some unusual discomfort are felt in the tailbone area, immediately contact your doctor.