Can I hurt my tailbone during child birth?

Can I hurt my tailbone during child birth?
Can I hurt my tailbone during child birth?

Can I hurt my tailbone during child birth is a common question we get as pelvic health physical therapists.

Yes, it is possible to injure or experience trauma to the tailbone (coccyx) during childbirth.

This type of injury is known as coccygeal trauma, coccyx injury, or coccydynia.

It can occur during a difficult or prolonged vaginal delivery, especially when there is pressure and stretching in the pelvic area.

Common ways the tailbone can be affected during childbirth include:

  1. Direct trauma:
    • The coccyx can be subjected to pressure and impact as the baby’s head passes through the birth canal.
    • This can result in bruising, fractures, or dislocation of the tailbone.
  2. Tissue injury:
    • The ligaments and muscles around the coccyx can also be stretched or torn during childbirth, causing pain and discomfort in the tailbone area.
  3. Prolonged labor:
    • Long and difficult labor can increase the risk of coccyx injury due to sustained pressure on the area.


Symptoms of coccyx injury during childbirth may include pain, tenderness, and discomfort in the tailbone area, which can persist for weeks or months after delivery. Pain during sitting, standing, or engaging in certain activities is common.

If you experience significant tailbone pain or discomfort after childbirth, it’s essential to consult with your healthcare provider.

They can evaluate your condition, possibly order imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans, and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Treatment options for coccydynia

Pelvic floor physical therapy is valuable for those who experience coccydynia. It can significantly improve quality of life and help individuals regain control and confidence in their health.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team in pelvic floor physical therapy to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Women’s Health Program.  This includes manual therapy and exercises to improve conditions related to the pelvic floor muscles.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can help you!