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why does my tailbone hurt when i sit down for long periods

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why does my tailbone hurt when i sit down for long periods of time and what can be done about it?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 6 years ago.
Hello
Any injuries past or present
Medical conditions?
Back problems?
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
No injuries. In good health. Have had some minor issues with lower back pain. Actually started after my third child was born (1997). I experience pain periodically but not constantly and it is not severe.
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 6 years ago.
OK
Great question
Several possibilities
Simple musculoskeletal strain and posture problem, which means exercise, massage, chiropractor, physical therapy, palates, etc. will help. Getting into shape in other words, any way you choose to do it.

Lower back, sacral structural problem such as a ligament, disc, or nerve problem. This should be somewhat apparent on examination, preferably from a physiatrist [PM&R specialist...physical medicine and rehabilitation], and an MRI of the area would show all that is needed to see.

Injury to the tail bone during pregnancy, even a fracture. Again, even though an x ray would show some things, an MRI of the area would be the best.
Good luck
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Is there any need to be concerned about possibly a future surgical procedure or do you think that proper exercise will help to alleviate the problem?
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 6 years ago.
The physiatrist and many other practitioners would work to avoid surgery
Unlikely to need surgery.
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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 6 years ago.
just to emphasize though
I really recommend the MRI
This will guide the type of therapy you need.
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