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TAILBONE INJURY - STILL OK TO BALLET?


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Guest MelissaSuzanne

Hi everyone, I just found this website last night, and am glad to have found some other adult beginners. I just started ballet this past September (always wanted to as a child, but could never affortd to) when I was two months pregnant. I kept it up till I had to go on bedrest at seven months for other problems. Now I'm six weeks postpartum, have been back for a couple of weeks and am rather sore, but loving it! My question is regarding a tailbone injury. I fell down the stairs while I was pregnant and injured my tailbone, then delivered a 9lb baby, which my midwife thinks may have actually broken my tailbone, as sitting is WAY more painful than before. She knows I'm in ballet, but doesn't know much about what that entails. I don't know if it's broken or bruised badly (didn't have it xray-d, as there's nothing really to be done if it is broken). Ballet doesn't actually cause pain in my tailbone at all - I'm just in a lot of pain when sitting, or rising from sitting (as I start to bear weight). However, I'm wondering if you have any suggestions of whether doing ballet now will exacerbate the injury, or if it doesn't affect the tailbone too much. Any particular things I should avoid or do? I'm sorry for the lengthy post - hopefully it makes sense. Thanks for a great board, and thank you in advance for any advice!

 

Melissa

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Welcome, Melissa, to the Adult Students' Forum here at Ballet Talk at Ballet Alert! Online! :rolleyes:

 

If something hurts, and persists in hurting, the blanket answer is "consult a physician". And yes, do have the X-ray, as it is the diagnostic tool that will most clearly demonstrate if there's bone damage. Ballet ought not to aggravate problems in the sacrococcygeal area, but why have to tolerate pain? Advances in medicine have been going so quickly that The Conventional Wisdom may no longer be wise! Congratulations on the baby! :lol: Nine pounds! My, you must have been doing a good job of prenatal nutrition and care, but accidents like your fall do happen, and it's nobody's fault.

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Guest MelissaSuzanne

Thanks for the advice, Mr. Johnson. I have seen my physician. She just basically said normal activity and sit on a donut pillow. There's not much they can do except prescribe meds that I don't want to take while I'm nursing. I was just curious if ballet tends to put strain on the coccyx area, which it sounds like it doesn't. Anyway, thanks again!

Melissa

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Maybe you sneezed when you hit the "Submit" button. Happens to me sometimes. Anyway, I got rid of the extra post. It's wise to reduce to all but the most essential meds while nursing. You show good sense. It also sounds to me as though you have been trained correctly in that you are supporting your back muscles by balancing the load of the body with the lower abdominals in front! Another wise practice! :thumbsup:

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Guest Lizzie 37

Given that there's not a lot one does to treat a fx. tail bone, the best advice is the old " activity as tolerated" [ post x-ray of course] Remember that if you are nursing, you are expending lots of invisible calories. Don't skimp on protein. calcium, fruit , veggies and the like to better fit in your leotard. Best wishes

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