Can you pull a muscle in your coccyx?

If this motion is repeated many times, the muscles and ligaments around your coccyx can become strained and stretched. Straining your muscles and ligaments can permanently damage them. If this happens, your muscles will no longer be able to hold your coccyx in the correct position, causing pain and discomfort.

What are the symptoms of a damaged coccyx?


  • an almost constant dull pain in the very low back, just above the buttocks.
  • pain that worsens when sitting and when standing up from a sitting position.
  • swelling around the tailbone.
  • pain that intensifies during a bowel movement.
  • pain that intensifies during sexual intercourse.
  • irregular bowel movements.

What does an inflamed tailbone feel like?

Tailbone pain can feel dull and achy but typically becomes sharp during certain activities, such as sitting, rising from a seated to a standing position or prolonged standing. Defecation and sex also might become painful.

How long does a bruised coccyx hurt?

A tailbone injury can be very painful and slow to heal. Healing time for an injured tailbone depends on the severity of the injury. If you have a fracture, healing can take between 8 to 12 weeks. If your tailbone injury is a bruise, healing takes about 4 weeks.

When should I see a doctor about tailbone pain?

You should call your doctor immediately if you have pain in the tailbone and any of the following other symptoms: A sudden increase in swelling or pain. Constipation that lasts a long time. Sudden numbness, weakness, or tingling in either or both legs.

Is walking good for coccyx pain?

Sometimes, the pain can shoot all the way down your legs. Standing or walking should relieve the pressure on your tailbone and ease discomfort.

What happens if you bruise your Coxis?

When it’s bruised, just sitting down can shoot a sharp pain right up your spine. An injury can bruise your coccyx, or even fracture it if the harm to the bone is severe. If you experience tailbone pain from a bruise or fracture, the condition is known as coccydynia.

How to deal with coccyx pain at work?

Special seats or cushions, or using a sit/stand desk at work can help. There is more detail in the Coping with coccyx pain section. People are often too embarrassed to use the tricks for avoiding pain, like standing when others are sitting, or carrying a coccyx cushion with you. You imagine that everyone is watching you.

What kind of muscle pain does coccydynia cause?

Other muscles that can cause coccydynia are the obturator internus, gluteus maximus and adductor magnus. Trigger points in the adductor magnus often cause pain in both the thigh and the pelvic floor.

Is the gluteus maximus attached to the coccyx?

The gluteus maximus is attached to the coccyx as well as to other bones. A spasm or tightness of this muscle can pull on the coccyx and cause pain when you move into a sitting position or raise yourself. It doesn’t cause pain while you are sitting.

How to get rid of tailbone pain fast?

To lessen tailbone pain in the meantime, it might help to: 1 Lean forward while sitting down 2 Sit on a doughnut-shaped pillow or wedge (V-shaped) cushion 3 Apply heat or ice to the affected area 4 Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or aspirin