Tailbone Pain

coccyx cushion for tailbone pain

Lately we have treated a few patients suffering from tailbone pain. Two of them had great pain relief after 2 sessions and reported they were almost pain-free in the one week follow-up call. One of them was a busy mum with two young kids who is also running her own business, had considerable pain relief after 3 sessions. 

You probably never thought about your tailbone until it started to hurt. Tailbone pain is centered at the very bottom of your spine, right above your buttocks. Here are some information about this condition from the National Health Service.

The pain may:

  • be dull and achy most of the time, with occasional sharp pains
  • be worse when sitting down, moving from sitting to standing, standing for long periods, having sex and going for a poo
  • make it very difficult to sleep and carry out everyday activities, such as driving or bending over

Common causes of coccydynia (tailbone pain) include:

  • childbirth
  • an injury or accident, such as a fall
  • repeated or prolonged strain on the coccyx
  • poor posture
  • being overweight or underweight
  • Less common causes can include a bony growth on the coccyx, the coccyx being too flexible or too rigid, and arthritis. Rare but serious causes include infection and cancer.
  • In many cases, no obvious cause can be found. Age-related “wear and tear” may play a part.

There are a number of treatments for coccydynia.

  • self-care measures, such as avoiding prolonged sitting, using a specially-designed coccyx cushion (doughnut cushions), applying hot or cold packs to your lower back and wearing loose clothing
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) painkillers that you can buy from shops and pharmacies, such as ibuprofen

Persistent symptoms lasting longer than eight weeks may benefit from:

  • physiotherapy exercises, massage and stretching
  • injections of anti-inflammatories (corticosteroids) and painkillers into the coccyx or surrounding area

We suggest you not to put up with the pain for that long, if the symptoms last for more than 3 days and do not get any better by self-management or NSAIDs, please give us a call, because we can make a difference for your tailbone pain.  

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