If a patient has the signs and symptoms of a coccyx injury or unexplained discomfort in the coccyx area, contact the doctor. It may be necessary for the doctor to decide if the injury is traumatic or if the pain is caused by other, more serious problems.
Injuries to the region of the coccyx rarely require a visit to the emergency department. However, if the patient is unable to reach his or her physician, have no physician, or are otherwise concerned about his or her symptoms, it is wise to visit your nearest hospital's emergency department.
Coccyx injuries are often extremely painful, so home care is aimed at controlling pain and avoiding further irritation to the coccyx.
Follow-up is recommended at the discretion of the patient's doctor and depends on the severity of the injury and the progress the patient is making with medical treatment.
Most coccyx injuries are accidental (such as a slip on ice) and therefore cannot be entirely avoided.
Wear proper protective padding when participating in contact sports that can potentially lead to coccyx injuries.
The prognosis for coccyx discomfort depends on many factors:
The majority of cases of traumatic coccyx injury get better within several weeks of the injury with proper medical treatment.
A few people suffer from chronic coccyx discomfort despite proper medical treatment. This can be an extremely frustrating and debilitating problem.
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