Injured coccyx from waterslide


I have been suffering from coccyx pain for about five months now after falling just a few feet off a ladder while painting. I went to the doctor a couple of weeks after the fall. I was shocked to see the x-rays of my tailbone bent inwards, because I didn't fall on my behind, but landed partially on my side. It then occured to me that less than a year before the fall I was injured at a waterpark while riding a waterslide. Halfway down the slide I went over a bump, came out of my tube and slid backwards on my tailbone the rest of the way. I remember being in a lot of pain and there was bleeding too. After three days the pain disappeared and I never felt it again until the fall. The doctor thinks the fall aggravated the injury. I was given pain killers and muscle relaxers. I also saw a chiropractor for a couple of months. At the time his treatments really seamed to help a lot. However, after only a month later I am still in pain. It is hard to sit, stand, or lay down for a long time.

I want to caution people not about riding waterslides, but how you ride them. When I was injured I was riding with someone else in a double-tube. The best way to ride is with someone in front and someone in back. My friend and I tried to go down side by side. At the point when gravity took over and turned the tube 180 degrees, we went over a huge bump. That's when I flew out. I partially hold the waterpark responsible for this. Although it was our choice to go down that way, the staff (stationed at the top of all slides) should be aware of the dangers of letting two unequally proportioned people slide down like that. We were not the only ones sliding in this manner. Others were doing it too. I am certainly not the frivolous law suit type, but after all the pain I have endured over this I sometimes wish that I could have done something. If you know anyone that this has happened to, relay my story and urge them to get x-rays before too much time goes by.

Updated 1999-06-18

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