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Pelvis/Hip Case 8 Background

Coccyx Fracture


Coccydynia refers to pain at the coccyx. The coccyx is made up of anywhere from 3-5 segments of bone at the end of the bony spine. It is considered a remnant of a tail, which is why it is often called the tailbone in layperson terms. The coccyx has many attachments, including pelvic floor and gluteal muscles, as well as spinal ligaments. In the seated position, it is considered a weight bearing bone. Although fractures of the coccyx seem non-threatening, they can be painful and debilitating.