Tailbone Pain (Coccydynia): Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

Dealing with pain is never an easy situation. However, when you deal with coccydynia, or tailbone pain, it can be difficult to do even the most normal daily tasks such as sitting at your desk. Tailbone pain can be caused by a variety of things and is more common in women than it is men. Here is a look at the symptoms of coccydynia, causes of the pain and how it can be treated to get you back to living life as normal.

Causes and Symptoms

A variety of things causes this type of pain such as a fall or trauma to the area, childbirth, and in some rare cases an infection or tumor in the area. As mentioned before this is more typical in women than men but men do suffer from it as well. The symptoms are usually pain that is worsened by sitting or putting pressure on the area itself. If it is tender to the touch or noticeably worse when sitting, it could be coccydynia. It may feel worse if you’re constipated or you may feel relief after having a bowel movement. You may also notice worse pain when you go from sitting to standing positions.

Treatment Options

Dealing with tailbone pain can be a difficult process but there are some things to try that will hopefully relieve the pain noninvasively. Your doctor may suggest to use NSAID’s to help with the inflammation and swelling in the area. They may also suggest to apply cold packs to the area several times every day to help reduce the swelling. You can also add heat later to help reduce the pain.

Making sure you stay off the area for prolonged periods of time can help reduce pain as well. Make sure not to sit in one position for too long, but get up and walk around to reduce the pressure on the tailbone area. You can also utilize a donut shaped pillow to help reduce the pressure applied on the coccyx area when you’re in a seated position. If you notice that constipation or a bowel movement causes or removes pain, then it’s important to be sure to get enough fluid and possibly take a stool softener to help reduce the pain during those times.

Other methods that are non-surgical include gentle stretches, chiropractic manipulation of the area, and injections to block the pain. There’s also physical therapy ultrasound techniques that can help to reduce the pain in the area. In severe cases where nothing else has helped after months of treatment, surgery may be required to fully get rid of pain.

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