After slipping and falling, a common injury that many people face is a broken tailbone. Due to the location of the tailbone, an injury can create extreme discomfort and make carrying out activities of daily living difficult. You may face a need for short or long-term treatment to address the injury. Fortunately, you may also be entitled to compensation for the costs relating to this treatment if another party was responsible for your slip and fall accident.
Six Possible Treatments for a Broken Tailbone
What type of treatment might you expect? The following are six possibilities:
- Rest. Unfortunately, this may also mean that you will have to miss time away from work. Trying to work through the pain is a mistake, as it could backfire and cause you to take much longer to heal.
- Ice. Your doctor may advise that you apply ice to your tailbone for approximately 20 minutes each hour. This may change depending on the amount of time that has passed since the injury.
- Pain medication. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication or instruct you to take over-the-counter medication to alleviate your discomfort.
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time, but when you do sit, use a cushion. This will help alleviate the pain and pressure on your tailbone. Lean forward to direct your weight away from the tailbone. Avoid sitting on hard surfaces and alternate sitting on each of your buttocks.
- Prevent constipation, which can put strain on your tailbone area, by eating foods that are high in fiber.
- Surgery. In the most severe cases, your doctor may suggest the surgical removal of your tailbone.
Ultimately, your doctor will decide upon a treatment plan based upon the unique facts and circumstances surrounding your injury.
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