When should you seek medical care for a tailbone injury?

Every day, people suffer injuries from slip-and-fall accidents. While a lot of slip-and-falls do not involve serious injuries, they are not necessarily benign events. In fact, injuring yourself due to a slip-and-fall accident can result in painful tailbone injuries. If you experience an injury, do you need medical attention? WebMD explains when you should see a doctor. 

The most common tailbone injury occurs due to a slip-and-fall against a hard surface. Naturally, you will feel some amount of soreness following a fall, but when is it signs of something more serious? Injury symptoms may include: 

  • Bruising 
  • Severe localized pain 
  • Pain while sitting 

If you are experiencing tailbone discomfort or pain, you may want to seek medical care. Some injuries are difficult to diagnose without the use of x-rays or a doctor’s examination. The point of medical care is to check whether the injury is traumatic or not. Without medical care, the injury can worsen, or it may not heal properly. This can lead to further problems. Likewise, medical examinations can indicate other issues. 

To find out if the injuries are serious, a doctor may examine your entire spine. It can be difficult to tell whether the pain originates in the coccyx or the spinal column. If this is the case, doctors may use local anesthetic to determine the origin of the pain. 

While you may think that x-rays should tell the doctor whether you have fractured anything, this is not always the case. In fact, most doctors will insist on standing and sitting x-rays to determine if there is a fracture and where it is. 

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