Medical Q&As

Fractured coccyx

How long will it take for a coccyx fracture to heal and what are the long-term effects of this?

The coccyx is literally your “tail end”. It is usually fractured by direct violence such as a heavy fall on the bottom. Generally speaking it heals spontaneously and physical union takes place in a matter of weeks. However, some people can experience troublesome persistent pain that can last for many months. Sometimes it is necessary to sit on an inflatable ring so that weight is not borne on the injured bone. Some people may require ultrasound treatment or alternatively may need an injection of the coccyx for persistent pain.