Self-care includes applying heat or ice or taking pain relievers available without a prescription, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others). Other steps to lessen tailbone pain include sitting on a cushion and leaning forward when sitting.

When to make a doctor's appointment

See a health care professional if:

  • Pain doesn't improve with self-care measures.