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Tailbone Fracture The Coccyx commonly known as your tailbone is located at the very end of the vertebral column Your tailbone is the result of four coccygeal bones fusing together as a child forming one single bone In early revolution it was viewed as a remnant that strongly related us to primates people believed it was a remnant of a tail However your tailbone has a very important function Your tailbone helps to anchor many important structures such as your pelvis The muscles form a pelvic floor When these two structures are not working together bowel bladder and sexual problems are more likely to occur There is an important collection of nerves directly in front of the tailbone partially responsible for control of the pelvic organs More importantly the tailbone contains tissue that helps protect the brain and spinal cord A tailbone fracture is often caused by falling into a sitting position on the tailbone It may also occur if you take a direct blow to this area Those who participate in contact sports have a history of bone or joint disease obesity or poor nutrition run a higher risk of this injury To help prevent injury to your tailbone it is wise to use sacral padding while playing contact sports Taking an adequate amount of calcium 1000 mg - 1500 mg such as milk and milk products will also help To diagnose a tailbone fracture common steps are taken such as X-rays including the entire lower back pelvis and hips The Doctor will also take all medical history Some symptoms that may help you to identify a tailbone fracture yourself are bruising of the lower back pain walking and sitting swelling at the point of injury and the area may seem tender to touch When a tailbone fracture occurs the sacrum and the muscles that connect the two are strained as well It is very damaging to the surrounding area
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