The fracture of the coccyx

It's often a stupid accident! A fall on the posterior, and one is left with a pain at the bottom of the vertebral column.

The fractures of the coccyx are generally very uncomfortable because located at the very bottom of the back, a sore area not very well located. We feel very handicapped, in our daily embarrassed to walk, to sit down ...

The area of ​​the coccyx is an area that we tend to believe stronger than it actually is, a tailbone fracture is quickly arrived if you do not pay attention.

Anatomically, the coccyx is a flattened pyramidal structure located at the bottom of the spine. Trauma to this area may result in fracture, contusion, and dislocation of this skeletal appendix.

When you have a broken coccyx, you can go see a general practitioner. No need to go to an emergency department for such a problem (if that's the only problem!).

An X-ray can be done, but in practice, it is not always or necessarily performed (or an MRI or CT scan, but very rarely!). If the symptoms are atypical, complex ... the doctor can refer the patient to an orthopedic surgeon.

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Read also :

> Fracture of the pelvis
> Fractured collarbone
> Fracture of the nose

Authors: Marla De Morais.
Expert consultant: Dr. Charles Msika, orthopedic surgeon. Member of the French Society of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology (SOFCOT).

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