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Tailbone pain when running


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So, I just started running, and my tailbone/back hurts afterwards.  A few years ago I was sledding, went off a jump and SLAMMED down on my tailbone, so I know it's hurt... but I was wondering how I can keep it from hurting after running?  I think part of it are my shoes (I don't have running shoes... just cheap sneakers I use for working out), but I can't get good shoes for at least a few weeks...  Any other tips?  Help?  Explanations?  I don't really want to have to go to a chiropractor, or get X-rays, or anything :-\
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(just to bump...)

Anyone else experience this?  Advice?  Causes?  :)

My wife and I are having the same issue. After running a 5K we can hardly sit.

If it hurts on each side of the tailbone, it might be sacroiliitis (try googling that). If it hurts right in the center, you might have gotten a fracture in your sledding fall. I would think that would have healed since then though.

My tailbone hurt for about a year after doing a flip into the shallow end of a swimming pool and hitting the bottom. But running didn't make it hurt. More like if I bumped it, or if I sat on a bike seat, or laid on my back.

 

I had problems with that while training for a marathon this year.  It may not be the same thing for you but I was told it was my sciatic (sp?) nerve...worth getting checked out.  A few massage therapy appointments and it seems to help me.

Original Post by jmegrl1:

I had problems with that while training for a marathon this year.  It may not be the same thing for you but I was told it was my sciatic (sp?) nerve...worth getting checked out.  A few massage therapy appointments and it seems to help me.

My bad, that I forgot to mention this. Very common with runners, due to impingement of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. 

rmgarcia: Try the test that is described in the second paragraph of this article:

http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/piri.html

Also try googling piriformis syndrome.

it could be tight muscles including the hip musculature. I suggest seeing your doctor and perhaps physical therapy will be recommended.

I get it because I sit on my ass all day and then squat and pull.

If its just tight musculature, then get a tennis ball (to start with) and roll out your glutes.  When it hurts, sit tight until (your eyes tear up) it releases.  Repeat often.

When you are finding a tennis ball manageable, progress to a hockey (or lacrosse) ball.

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