The tailbone is located at the bottom of the vertebral column. This structure contains bones, joints and ligaments. Tailbone injuries often include: bruise, dislocation or fracture.
For most tailbone injuries, the cause is direct trauma. Women are prone to tailbone injuries, as the female pelvis is wider, making the coccyx more exposed. The other causes may include: childbirth, sport exercises (rowing or cycling), infections, bone spurs, spinal injuries or nerve compression.
The coccyx pain often worsens, especially after sitting for a while. To diagnose tailbone injuries, the whole spine needs to be examined - this can detect dislocation or fracture.