6 Tips For Treating Tailbone Pain After Childbirth

Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: January 12, 2023

Pregnancy Related Back Pain

In many instances, bruised tailbones will heal with the help of non-operative techniques over the course of 2-4 weeks, while tailbone fractures tend to take about eight weeks to heal. Here’s a look at some of the ways to help the tailbone recover following childbirth, and some tips for making life a little more comfortable while it heals.

  1. Rest – Resting the area is important, and while you’ll be busy tending to a newborn, you’ll want to avoid strenuous activities like walking for an extended period or otherwise straining the area.
  2. Anti-Inflammatories – Anti-inflammatory medications and over-the-counter pain relievers can help to manage discomfort while healing runs its course.
  3. Warm Bath – A warm bath can help to loosen and relax some of your pelvic floor muscles to provide some mild pain relief.
  4. Padded Cushions – Padded cushions, pillows or donut-styled cushions can help take pressure off your tailbone while healing occurs.
  5. Sleeping On Your Side – Sleeping on your side will help to disperse stress onto other structures so that your tailbone is better protected while you’re asleep.
  6. Fiber And Hydration – It’s important to get plenty of healthy fiber in your diet and drink water throughout the day so that your time in the bathroom isn’t uncomfortable. Constipation can really enhance tailbone pain, so a healthy diet and staying hydrated can make it easier for you to pass waste.

In the rare event that a dislocated or fractured tailbone requires surgical intervention, Dr. Sinicropi and his team would be more than happy to provide you with the hands-on care you need. For more information, or for help managing spinal discomfort before or after pregnancy, reach out to our team today at (651) 430-3800.

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