The tailbone, or coccyx, is a bone that is made of 3 to 5 bony segments. It is found at the end of the vertebral column. If the tailbone is injured, the resulting discomfort is known as coccydynia. Most injuries of the tailbone occur in women since their pelvis is wider. Injuries of the tailbone take longer to heal, but most injuries heal with time and treatment.
The most noticeable sign of a broken tailbone will be a bruise at the location. You may also feel pain and tenderness.
If you try to sit, the pain will be excruciating due to the pressure placed on the bone. It may even be painful for you to stand up from a sitting position.
Women may experience painful intercourse after having broken the tailbone.
Trying to use the rest room can become a painful experience. Even straining can become problematic.
X-rays may not always be necessary to diagnose a broken tailbone. In some instances, the coccyx may move within your body.
Symptoms can persist for months, and healing is exceedingly slow. Some people may even suffer from chronic pain due to a broken tailbone, or require removal of the bone if pain persists for more than 1 year.