Tailbone Pain

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Individuals around the worked suffer from different kinds of diseases, conditions, and injuries which can affect their way of life significantly. Many folks tend to overlook their signs and symptoms in the hopes that the problem will resolve all on its own. What they don’t know is that they make the situation worse as their disease or injury progresses to greater severity.

You should make sure to get yourself checked at Pillars of Wellness whenever your body gives you a sign that something is wrong. One of the conditions you should have checked out includes Tailbone Pain.

Tailbone Pain – A Major Contributor to Back Pain

According to a study published in the journal Radiology, 2000 cases of back pain in hospitals showed that 2.7% of them presented as coccydynia. Tailbone pain happens five times more commonly in women than in men. It can happen at any age with the average age of onset being about 40. Race or ethnicity do not show any prevalent trends.

What exactly is tailbone pain?

According to the Health line, tailbone pain, also known as coccydynia, is focused at the very bottom of the spine above your buttocks, where the coccyx bone is present. Pain due to an injured tailbone can be mild or severe and usually gets worse when sitting down, standing up or leaning back in a chair.

You can also feel sore when using the restroom or doing sex. Women can feel irritation during their periods as well. The pain can occasionally spread all the way down the legs. Standing or walking can alleviate the pressure on the tailbone and ease the pain.

What causes my tailbone to hurt?

Your tailbone can begin hurting after something as mundane as sitting on a hard chair or other uncomfortable areas for extended periods of time. Falls, injuries, and traumas can also bruise, dislocate, or fracture a tailbone, resulting in pain.

Joint injury from repetitive movement or wear and tear with aging can also result in tailbone pain. During a final pregnancy trimester, the ligaments attached to and surrounding the coccyx naturally loosen to make space for a baby which can cause tailbone pain as well.

Persons who are obese or overweight are more prone to tailbone issues. Conversely, losing excessive weight too quickly can lose the tissue insulation and protection around the tailbone, which can result in tailbone pain. Moreover, in rare instances, an infection or tumor can result in tailbone pain.

How do you diagnose tailbone pain?

You should consult your doctor if the pain is intense or stays for more than a few days. In most cases, tailbone pain isn’t a serious issue. The pain can be indicative of any injury or lower back disease, and as mentioned earlier, in very rare cases it could indicate cancer or tumor as well.

Your doctor will collect your history and conduct a physical exam. He or she will then ask for an X-ray or MRI scan to check for signs of injury like any bone fractures or a tumor compressing the bone. X-ray images can be taken both while sitting and standing to demonstrate possible issues with your tailbone in various positions.

How do you treat tailbone pain?

Over-the-counter medications

The pain can take a few days, weeks or months to heal as the tailbone injury resolves on its own. You can use over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to alleviate your pain until the tailbone heals.

For more intense pain, your doctor can provide a local anesthetic, nerve block, steroidal medication or a combination of the three that can be injected in the affected area. You can also use antidepressants or anti-seizure medication orally to relieve the pain.

Sitting position

To help with the pain, sitting on a heat or ice pack can help. Poor posture can add too much pressure on the tailbone. You should sit while leaning against the back of a chair with your feet flat on the ground to get the load off your coccyx. Lean forward while sitting on a specially designed donut-shaped pillow or wedge-shaped cushion so that your lower back can feel more comfortable.

Physical therapy

Physiotherapy can help you take part in exercises to improve your muscle strength and support your coccyx. The stomach muscles and pelvic floor muscles are the main targets for this therapy. You can also use a method known as tailbone manipulation in which a doctor inserts a gloved finger into the rectum to move the coccyx back and forth to set it back in the right position.


Surgery is usually a last-ditch effort to deal with the pain since most of the above-mentioned therapies and treatments usually do the trick. In case they don’t work, your doctor can advise a surgery known as coccygectomy as a last resort to resect part of or the whole tailbone. Surgery usually takes time before the pain can subside and it can be ineffective in other cases as well.

Surgery also comes with risks such as infection, and that’s why it is imperative to take all procedures, risks, and treatments into consideration before choosing surgery. Begin with traditional pain-relief treatments like NSAIDs, heat, and massages. If your tailbone still hurts, get checked by the proper professionals at Pillars of Wellness so you can find a treatment that works for you.

Physiotherapy and Tailbone Pain

Diana Waggoner suffered from coccyx pain since giving birth to her son. She felt constant soreness in her tailbone region as well as tenderness while sitting down on my tailbone. She assumed that the pain would heal on its own, but the pain remained for another six months.

Finally, Diana decided to go see a professional for some help. Going to a physiotherapist was a difficult decision for her, but after consistent sessions and hard work, Diana was finally able to sit, stand and move around with minimal pain and soreness.

Pillars of Wellness offers you different services including chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture, yoga, speech therapy and much more. You can benefit from a consultation if you have any tailbone problems, so get an appointment now!