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Q and A: Tailbone Trouble

Posted Jun 18 2009 11:25am

Hi Kelly!

I have a quick question I hope you can help me with! I have been
building up my mileage for running, and a few weeks ago when I ran 3
miles, after my run the tip of my tailbone hurt like crazy. For two
days I could not sit straight down on it! This has also happened
before after doing Tae- Bo, and after long rides on my bike.

I have considered going to the chiropractor for this, but I didn’t
know if maybe I was just running incorrectly?!

Thanks for your time!!

Melodie Scoggins

Of course with any injury, I would go to the doctor to get it checked out. Doctor before chiropractor, always! If he sends you to one, cool, but since its your tailbone, not the muscles in your back, it sounds more like a bone issue. You want to make sure you don’t have any stress fractures or anything.

Tailbone pain is common in biking since, obviously you are sitting on it for extended periods of time, but when running and kicking as in Tae Bo, it could be one of two things: the impact of the exercise, or the way you are doing the exercise.

I get the same kind of pain, and it worsens when I use the treadmill, especially at an incline. I talked to a friend who runs, and she said watched me as i walked, and said I “swish my hips” too much, which creates a lot of torque and messes with my hips and lower back. Now I am super conscious of it, and try and keep my hips square at all times.

I would go to the doctor to make sure there is nothing seriously wrong. He can give you a better idea of what it is and what you can do to help alleviate it. Some docs dont know much about gait, so if thats the feeling you get, I would see a sports specialist, or if you are cheap like me, go to a athletic store where they do shoe fittings. They will check your gait and make suggestions, like inserts. Whether you buy anything is up to you, so if you dont mind angry sales people, you can bounce afterwards with just a “thanks.” And, as always, make sure you are doing plenty of core work, planks and the like, to strengthen your back and supporting muscles.

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