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Thread: dislocated tailbones?

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    Super Member AlwaysQuilting's Avatar
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    One of my DDs (41 yrs old) called me yesterday and told me she's dislocated her tailbones.
    I didn't know such a thing was possible.
    Long story short----
    All she did was bend over and twist a little while putting sunblock on the 18mos old.
    She's on medical leave now, pain pills, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, etc.
    Has anyone heard of this?
    Will her back be permanently messed up, I mean will she have to baby it forever?
    She can barely walk, can't go to the bathroom alone, or turn over in bed etc last night.
    She does a lot of lifting in her job, and her youngest son who weighs 25lbs. probably.

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    Holy cow, no, I had no idea that could happen. I hope she feels better soon!

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    I would sure do a test to see if she is lacking calcium in her bones.

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    Yeh, you can fracture your tailbone,too. Friend had that from auto accident. Very painful. She's fine and no after problems. PT will really help. Hope she feels better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueangel
    I would sure do a test to see if she is lacking calcium in her bones.
    I'm sure her doctor will check. They've already done xrays, MRI and I don't know what all.
    Thanks for the suggestion. I'll keep it in mind.

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    Ouch, that sounds really painful. Hope she gets better soon.

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    Hopefully once she has passed this initial pain she'll be OK. She'll have to be aware of how she's doing things and lift correctly, etc. Easy for me to say, difficult for her with a toddler.

    I found out about the joints in the pelvis by lifting incorrectly. I didn't even know the pelvis has joints. I was unloading supplies. I bent down, picked up, stood up & turned at the same time - repeatedly over & over. Twisting while lifting is a no-no. Now I pick things up correctly and then I turn my entire body with no twisting. No more pain.

    I went to a chiropractic school for treatment - teaching schools have reasonable charges. After my back felt better they taught me the 'correct' way to do things. I also think I got better treatment because I had my own student and all his/her teachers - not just one individual in private practice..

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    Sure hope she gets to feeling better soon!!!

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    I fell down once and jammed mine. I couldn't do much of anything for a long time. I was young then. It healed and I haven't had any problems. I had no idea you could move the wrong way and dislocate your tailbone. I hope she heals quickly.

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    I broke my tailbone 2 years ago when I fell down a flight of stairs. I was sore for weeks, but it does get better eventually. I still feel it sometimes if I am sitting the wrong way. I feel for your daughter, having a toddler to chase after while dealing with this!

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    OUCH!!! Oh man, I feel bad for her. Lower back/pelvis issues make everything difficult.

    After she's healed a bit and has done some PT, some Pilates might be a good addition to her routine. It strengthens core muscles, which include those around the pelvis, and it could help keep everything in place in the future.

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    Yes, I had my tailbone broken when was riding in a pickup with no shocks over a plowed field chasing cows. Hit the rood twice and came down twice hard. 2nd time was the worst, made does that hurt. takes a long time to get over it. never went to dr for it. could barely walk for a while and then had problems straightening up. (((HUGS))) hope it heals fast for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt
    Hopefully once she has passed this initial pain she'll be OK. She'll have to be aware of how she's doing things and lift correctly, etc. Easy for me to say, difficult for her with a toddler.

    I found out about the joints in the pelvis by lifting incorrectly. I didn't even know the pelvis has joints. I was unloading supplies. I bent down, picked up, stood up & turned at the same time - repeatedly over & over. Twisting while lifting is a no-no. Now I pick things up correctly and then I turn my entire body with no twisting. No more pain.

    I went to a chiropractic school for treatment - teaching schools have reasonable charges. After my back felt better they taught me the 'correct' way to do things. I also think I got better treatment because I had my own student and all his/her teachers - not just one individual in private practice..
    Ditto ... Chiropractic can help relieve the current problems, and help with prevention ..... a LOT!!!!! :) I know, as I can truly say "been there, done that"!

    Like most things ... we need to learn the "right" way of doing things and what we can do to manage the problem, resolve prevent recurrences, or keep them to a minimum.

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    I broke mine twice when I was a teenager, but it healed. Then in my forties, it twisted several times. Adjustments by a kinesiologist/chiropractor were the only thing that helped.

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    has the Doctor tried to do anything? a very good chiropractor can adjust her back.
    i broke mine and it hurt for two years. sat on a donut hole pillow for 6 months.
    if it isnt' adjusted it will effect her back. so she needs to look into things. it may fix itself, but not sure.
    also she should get a pillow to sit on. i got one like the one with the handle/strap
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/search_10...llow&seaxcoc=1

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    The OB-GYN moved and dislocated mine when my eldest was born, during childbirth. It's given me fits ever since (25 years) but it's not debilitating.

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    A dr. with a D>O degree can help addjust her back. May be pain full but it will help immencily.

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    Thank you everyone who's gone through the same thing for the suggestions. She has a neighbor who is a massage therapist and she came to the house and helped her some. I'll tell her about going to a chiropractor. I'm also glad to hear that, although it might not ever be perfect again, it will at least not be debilatating for her.

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    did not know you could dislocate your tailbone, but my DH broke his 2 weeks ago in a biking accident..still having pain and issues....

    she will need the special cushion for taking the pressure off of her tailbone!

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    i know her pain i fell on snow and cracked my tailbone was awful for weeks not much you can do is take pain meds and rest and that is easier said than done hope she feels better soon

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    I broke mine once when I fell down some cement steps. I was 7 months pregnant at the time. Spent the night in the hospital (mostly because of the baby). VERY sore for quite some time, but it healed nicely.

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    Yeppers...you do get over it...just takes quite a long time. I injured mine when I jumped off the edge of a cement swimming pool and hit the edge of the pool on the way down. I was in Jr High then and I can still remember how it did improve my posture for awhile as there was no way I could slouch in one of those student desks for the pain.

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    My first daughter broke my tailbone when she was born French Breech... No treatment...she is 36 and I still have issues.

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    Did that once by falling on the floor, probably it was out of place when she gave birth and she may have popped it back in. My doctor at the time told me there's nothing you can do about it but wait for it to heal. He's the one that told me it was probably childbirth since my 2nd child was large for me. It took me years to recover and I could only get into bed by going in on my knees! Driving I had to put pillows on each side and suffer til it got numb. I wish her the best of luck and hope she heals soon. I'll remember her in my prayers, I remember the pain very well!

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    been there, done that, with the right drs and physical therapy she will come thru it fine. since she is young she will bounce back quickly. I will keep her in my prayers!!

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