Complications that follow a tailbone injury after childbirth

On Behalf of | Aug 30, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

In some cases, childbirth can result in pain and discomfort related to a tailbone injury. This injury can lead to more issues that doctors must address promptly to prevent more serious consequences. For mothers already struggling with the challenges of childbirth, these difficulties can add to their stress and require further medical attention.

Feelings of discomfort or pain

The tailbone is a small bone found at the base of the spine. During late-stage labor, pressure from the baby’s head can cause the mother’s tailbone to bruise, fracture or, in rare cases, dislocate. And since the tailbone acts as a point of balance when standing, severe pain in the lower back may worsen the feeling of sitting or standing. If left untreated, these injuries can cause intense discomfort and added complications, including:

  • Issues with bowel movements or urination
  • Formation of a cyst or fistula in the tailbone area
  • Chronic pain or discomfort that persists for months or years after the injury

In severe cases, healing from complications may require more treatment, such as physical therapy or surgery.

Your doctor can cause this injury

While seeking prompt medical care can help manage serious complications following a tailbone injury, there are situations where a tailbone injury can occur due to a variety of factors on the doctor’s end, such as:

  • A doctor’s improper use of delivery tools such as forceps or vacuum extractors
  • Incorrect positioning or handling of the mother during delivery
  • Failure to properly monitor the mother and baby’s condition or delay necessary interventions

If a doctor’s actions fall into any of these categories, it could be deemed medical negligence. Unfortunately, correcting this sort of negligence may be beyond natural healing. If the injury does not improve or harms the mother’s health further, they must seek the help of legal professionals to receive compensation as a victim of medical malpractice.


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