Sports Injuries

Posted by: Lizette | 2016/04/25


I slipped in the gym and fell hard on my coccyx.

No discomfort when walking or running. Just stiff when stretching. Does however have pain when sitting straight legged and laying back or doing kettle bell exercises. Any stretches I can do? or should I give it time to heal?

Expert's Reply


Sports Injuries Expert
- 2016/04/28

Hi Lizette,

Coccydynia is pain related to the coccyx and the surrounding tissues. It can result from a number of reasons, yours being blunt trauma. In most cases, the coccyx (tail bone) will be bruised, and can take up to 4 weeks to completely heal. Trauma may also result in dislocation or fracture of the bone, which can take 8-12 weeks to heal. An injured coccyx will be most painful on sitting, lying on your back, as well as adding extra load onto it, such as heavy lifting, as in your case. For now, rest is best, along with a course of anti-inflammatories which may settle the pain and inflammation. Heating and ice, as well as avoiding sitting directly on the bone will also reduce the pain. A dough-nut cushion is a good idea if you are prone to sitting at a desk for prolonged periods. If there is no improvement at all after 7-10 days, it is a good idea to seek medical attention and possibly an X-ray to exclude a fracture/dislocation.

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