Symptoms of Coccyx Injury
- Tenderness at the base of the spine
- Lower back pain that radiates down the legs.
- Intense pain while sitting or standing
- Pain that increases when getting up from a seated position
- Pain with bowel movements
A Missouri car crash tailbone injury usually occurs when the accident victim is forcefully pushed onto his coccyx by the force of the crash. Women are at greater risk than men for coccyx injuries because they generally have less fat over their tailbones.
Unfortunately, there is little that doctors can do to "cure" a broken tailbone. Because of the location of the tailbone, it cannot be put in a cast or immobilized with a brace. The doctor will prescribe medication to relieve pain and reduce swelling. The victim is usually sent home with instructions to rest and ice the injury while the body heals itself. Healing may take up to six weeks, during this time the pain will gradually decrease.
If the tailbone has been shattered or, if after six weeks there is still a significant amount of pain, surgery may be necessary. In some cases, metal plates, screws and pins are inserted to hold the tailbone together. In extreme cases, the tailbone may be removed. Most people can live normal lives without a coccyx.
If you have injured your tailbone in a Harrisonville motor vehicle accident caused by another driver, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. A Harrisonville, MO auto accident lawyer will be able to determine if you have a case. To schedule a free consultation, contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616.
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