An Overview of Coccydynia
Coccydynia is a health condition marked by inflammation of the tailbone (coccyx). Coccydynia is caused by injury in many cases, and tailbone pain is intensified when a patient is sitting. The pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler, located in Tyler, Texas, are highly trained and experienced at diagnosing and treating a variety of pain conditions, including coccydynia.
What to Know About Coccydynia
Coccydynia is inflammation of the tailbone (coccyx) and is characterized by pain and tenderness at the tip of the tailbone between the buttocks. The coccyx is located at the very bottom of the spine.
Several other health conditions can mimic tailbone pain associated with coccydynia, such as sciatica, sacroiliitis, a tailbone fracture and pilonidal cysts. Injuries to the tailbone or pelvic bones typically cause inflammation and pain in the tailbone area.
Coccydynia has a history of being poorly understood by pain physicians and other health professionals. In many cases, a diagnosis of the cause of this condition will identify the underlying cause of tailbone pain and inflammation, such as a fall on the tailbone or childbirth.
In order to diagnose coccydynia, a pain physician will review a patient’s medical history and perform a thorough physical examination with a focus on the tailbone area. A physician will test for local tenderness and any possible masses or tumors during the examination. X-rays and an MRI scan may also be performed to rule out any tumors, broken bones or other trauma to the tailbone or pelvic bones.
Treatment for tailbone pain is typically non-invasive. Pain physicians typically begin treatment by utilizing a combination of conservative measures, such as:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Pain medications and/or injections
- Utilizing a well-padded seat or custom pillow when sitting
- Applying heat and/or ice
- Avoiding sitting for an extended period of time
- Physical therapy exercises
Many patients suffering from coccydynia experience alleviated symptoms after using non-invasive, conservative measures.
If you are suffering from tailbone pain, or would like more resources on coccydynia, please contact Pain Recovery Center of Tyler’s pain physicians in Tyler, Texas.