Tailbone trauma is an injury to the small bone at the lower tip of the spine.
Backward falls onto a hard surface, such as a slippery floor or ice, are the most common cause of this injury.
For tailbone trauma when no spinal cord injury is suspected:
If you suspect injury to the neck or spine, do not attempt to move the person.
Do NOT attempt to move the person if you think there may be injury to the spinal cord.
Call for immediate medical help if:
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