What do your tailbone and your funny bone have in common? When injure them, the only one not laughing is you.

Tailbone injuries hurt. If you’ve ever suffered a fall and landed squarely on your butt, you’ve probably suffered one yourself, and while falling is the #1 way such injuries occur, it’s by no means the only way. Sitting for extended periods in an uncomfortable chair can also lead to tailbone injury.

Unfortunately, when you injure that part of your body, even simple things you take for granted like standing and sitting can become lessons in agony, and nobody around you seems to fully understand how bad it hurts.

The good news is that the injury is quite treatable, and your chiropractor can quickly and easily assess the damage and recommend a treatment plan that will put you back on the path to a pain-free life in short order.
Where tailbone injuries are concerned, there are basically three possibilities:

• You’ve knocked it out of alignment, in which case, realignment will give you almost instant relief.
• You’ve bruised the soft tissue around it, in which case, alternating between cold and hot compresses will help bring the swelling down and ease the pain
• Or, during the fall, you’ve managed to twist just the wrong way and stress the muscles and tendons in that area. If this is the case, then there are some good, effective low-impact exercises that will help. Coupled with massage therapy, you’ll be feeling better in no time.

Of course, falls can be chaotic things, and odds are that it will take a combination of all three to get you feeling your best once more. But again, after suffering an injury like that, you don’t want to leave anything to chance, so your best bet is to get checked out and get a professional recommendation for a course of treatment.