Bruised Tailbone (Bruised coccyx)


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Neal Royal · Sep 29, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 0
Last weekend when approaching a boulder problem my crashpad slipped out from underneath me as I stepped on it. I dropped a couple of feet squarely onto a log right on my tailbone. It still hurts while sitting and even doing yoga. Climbing, fortunately, doesn't hurt as much. It's been 5 days since my mishap. I thought about going to the doctor but assume that he will just tell me to wait for it to heal or get an xray or MRI to make sure nothing is broken. Has anybody else hurt their tailbone (coccyx)?

FrankPS · Sep 29, 2016 · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 15
Neal Royal wrote: It's been 5 days since my mishap. I thought about going to the doctor but assume that he will just tell me to wait for it to heal or get an xray or MRI to make sure nothing is broken.
A doctor would want to make sure nothing is broken? That's crazy.

the schmuck · Sep 29, 2016 · Albuquerque, NM · Joined Feb 2012 · Points: 110
Took a digger on my ass in road cleats. Self diagnosed with bruised tail bone, and was tentatively confirmed by a PT friend. Prepare for about 2 years of sitting ass pain before completely pain free (not kidding). I was cautioned that the tail bone can be dislocated, & that manual relocation would be one's worst nightmare. Enjoy! :-)

PS-there is nothing that can be done for a broken tail bone.

Legs Magillicutty · Sep 29, 2016 · Littleton · Joined May 2002 · Points: 395
I bruised mine years ago. I had to sit on a doughnut and can sometimes tell you when its going to rain because my butt bone starts hurting.

But like the schmuck said, there's nothing that can be done, whether its bruised or busted.

Gunkiemike · Sep 29, 2016 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 1,850
I "probably" broke mine (i.e. self diagnosed) several years ago, and I was fine after a month or so.

Lou Hibbard · Sep 29, 2016 · Eagan, MN · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 225
On a related area I am always surprised at how many people attach their chalk bag with a carabiner even when bouldering.
Falling on that can mess up your tailbone. That happened to a friend of mine.
A chalkbag belt makes way more sense - can't mess up your tailbone, lighter, and can easily be moved around in offwidths.

Christian · Sep 29, 2016 · Casa do Cacete · Joined Jul 2005 · Points: 915
Slowly rolled off one of those exercise balls onto a hard floor and it still hurt for two or three weeks - Heard about it hurting for months for other people even for similar low-velocity falls

Guess the coccyx is actually 3 separate bones?

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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