The problem of modern man is that in the pursuit of material goods, we pay less and less attention to our own health, getting used to silence the manifestation of the symptoms of the disease with potent painkillers. The trip to the clinic, as a rule, is postponed until the very last moment, while perfectly aware that identifying the disease in the early stages of development gives much better chances for a speedy recovery.
And if we sometimes do not pay attention to the symptoms of serious diseases, then there’s nothing so easy, at first glance, a trauma, like a bruise, nothing to say: many simply ignore it, naively believing that it will “heal” over time. However, this opinion is wrong. The consequences of a bruise are sometimes quite serious, especially when it comes to a tailbone injury.
Coccyx injury: symptoms and effects
A tailbone injury is usually obtained when falling, which is especially common in the winter season due to ice. Also with unenviable regularity children get bruises, because they are more mobile than adults and people involved in active sports. It's easy to get hurt, but sometimes it's not very good to deal with its consequences.
So, in order to start treatment on time, you need to know the symptoms well. When the tailbone is bruised, they are quite pronounced, and therefore it will be easy to recognize them. Signs of a tailbone injury are:
- the occurrence of intense pain in the place of injury when changing the position of the body;
- the presence of a pronounced hematoma blue-purple color in the area of injury;
- increased pain during defecation or having sex;
- pain increases with long walking, long standing in one place.
Not all symptoms can occur simultaneously and equally. The presence of at least one of them testifies to the injury of the coccyx. As a rule, pain after a fall after a while subsides or disappears altogether. And if it does not hurt, then why go to the doctor? However, even in the absence of severe pain, the consequences of such a trauma can be felt after a few days, weeks or even months. After all, the tailbone is an extreme part of the spine, and with it the jokes are bad!
In general, the injury itself is not so terrible as its consequences. And these include:
- the development of a chronic process, that is, the pain will be felt at every opportunity, even after a long time: during the occupation of active sports, long walking, etc .;
- inflammation of soft tissues (if not treated, then pus will accumulate at the site of inflammation);
- compression damage to the vertebrae of the cervical spine;
- spinal cord injury and indentation of it in the occipital region;
- headaches occurring against the background of spinal cord injury, which develop into migraine over time.
Thus, a banal, seemingly bruised, can lead to serious diseases. That is why it is still worth taking the time and seek help from a doctor, if only to prevent the development of dangerous pathologies. In addition, it is useful to make sure that you really got a bruise, and not a fracture that requires hospitalization.
First aid for tailbone injury
Timely first aid will help alleviate the effects of the injury. So, first of all you need:
- apply cold to the injury site;
- for some time try to ensure the immobility of the patient;
- apply an ointment with anesthetic and cooling effect to the place of injury.
How to treat a tailbone injury?
In the absence of serious consequences of injury (for example, injury to the spinal cord), the treatment of injury is reduced to the use of various medications and compliance with the recommendations of the doctor. When bruised tailbone should:
- use an orthopedic seat cushion;
- limit physical activity;
- sleep on a hard surface;
- conduct therapeutic exercises;
- use rectal suppositories of anti-inflammatory action;
- if necessary, apply anesthesia.
It is important to know that such treatment is effective only for mild to moderate bruises. For more severe forms, specialized specialist consultation and hospitalization are required.
Traditional methods of treating bruises
In the fight against the disease all means are good, so let's not forget about the popular methods of treatment.
Raw potato compress
A rather effective folk remedy is a compress made from raw potatoes.
Preparation and use:
- Take the average potato tuber and rinse it under running water.
- Scratch the potato on a fine grater.
- The resulting slurry shift in gauze, folded in half and attach to the injury site.
Healing Geranium Legs
Quite often, in traditional medicine, healing baths made from geranium leaves are used. To prepare such a bath is not difficult.
Preparation and use:
- 2 tbsp. l Geranium leaves Pour 1 liter of water and bring to a boil.
- Boil the tincture on low heat for 3 - 5 minutes.
- Strain the broth and add to the bath or make a mini-bath on the coccyx area.
They also make various compresses from the juice of wormwood or onions, widely used herbal tinctures of anti-inflammatory action.
How much can hurt the tailbone injury?
Perhaps there is no definitive answer to this question. The duration of pain depends on many factors: the individual characteristics of the human body, the strength of the injury and the treatment applied. For example, a fall from a low altitude can have minimal consequences, and from a higher altitude it is fraught with serious complications. A large role is also played by weight, age of the injured and the presence of concomitant bone diseases. For example, a fall even from a small height of an obese elderly person with osteoporosis does not bode well.
From the above, we can conclude: injury is a serious matter and requires timely treatment.