Bruised Coccyx
Tailbone
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Bruised Coccyx



The coccyx is commonly referred to as the tailbone. The tailbone is one of the least-acknowledged bones in the human body since no one understands its utility. However, a bruised coccyx is very painful and it is then that the presence of a coccyx becomes immediately apparent. The coccyx is located at the very end of our spinal column, i.e. at the end of the vertebral column, just above the hip area. This is a relatively small, bony structure, triangular in shape and consists of small bony segments held together by a number of ligaments. Hence, referring to the coccyx as a single bone is actually a mistake but this has become the norm. Coccydynia is the medical term that means a painful condition of the coccyx. A bruised coccyx is demanding in terms of medical care and the precautions that should be taken to fasten the healing process. It has been seen that females tend to have a higher proportion of coccyx-related injuries since their pelvis is broader than the male pelvis.



Common Causes of Bruised Coccyx

Pain of a bruised coccyx becomes more evident when a person gets-up from his seated position or during a bowel movement. Further, the pain emanating from the coccyx often radiates to the upper thigh region. The following are the most common causes responsible for a bruised coccyx:

Cause 1-Accidental Injuries & Physical Exertion

The coccyx is prone to getting injured if the slip or an accidental fall happens with high impact or under a great force. There are very few cases of bruising of the coccyx due to a casual injury. Due to the presence of ligaments around the bones that make-up the coccyx, the resulting inflammation can be very acute and takes a long time to completely heal. In such a condition, sitting down becomes very painful since the inflamed coccyx gets stressed due to the overlying weight of the body. Strain induced from some specific activity that has been repeated over a period, can also bruises a coccyx. In this regard, the example of rowers and cyclists is best-suited since their postures induce greater stress along the lower-back region, often harming the coccyx too.

Cause 2-Childbirth

Childbirth is the most commonly-diagnosed reason for a stained or bruised coccyx. The reason of women suffering bruised coccyxes is their unique hormonal system. During the pregnancy period, the female body produces many hormones that are needed to ensure an unobstructed delivery. Some of these hormones are responsible for widening of the hip-bones and making the surrounding bones softer to alleviate the pain that is associated with childbirth. During this period of hormonal surge, the joints of the pelvis too are loosened to a certain extent. The hormonal action makes these bones a bit softer to induce more flexibility. However, this makes the pubic bones and the coccyx more vulnerable to getting bruised or cracked when subjected to an accidental fall. Many times, pregnant women complain of a painful coccyx without the coccyx being bruised in any way. This is simply a case of pain in the lower hip area that is felt during pregnancy and often radiates to the surrounding areas like the tailbone.
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