Recovery time for a tailbone injury depends on its severity and is eight weeks for a fracture and four weeks for a bruised tailbone, states MedlinePlus. Tailbone injuries usually happen when a person falls onto his tailbone on a hard surface or receives a blow to the coccyx during sports.
Unfortunately, both the coccyx injury and its slow recovery are extremely painful experiences for sufferers, states WebMD. Home remedies that offer symptomatic relief include using a cushion or gel doughnut when sitting, not sitting for too long at a time, applying ice packs to the tailbone for 15 to 20 minutes four times a day and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the pain. In addition, eating fiber-rich foods and drinking plenty of fluids softens stools and prevents painful bowel movements.