The Coccyx or tailbone is a small bone at the very lowest end of the spine. A fall onto the tailbone can cause an injury to the coccyx such as a a minor fracture or dislocation leaving the area vulnerable to chronic pain usually made worse by sitting. When we are young, these injuries may go unnoticed, but can lead to a degenerative change in the discs and joint structure which can cause pain to develop from very simple activities like bike riding, yoga, horseback riding, or simply from sitting for hours at a desk. If back and leg pain accompany coccyx pain, it can be difficult to identify the source of the pain. A thorough examination of the lower back, pelvis and coccyx is essential to determine the best course of treatment. Occasionally, an x-ray is taken to see if there is acute trauma after a fall, or if there is displacement from an old injury.
Once we have determined the likely cause of pain, a multi-targeted approach including gentle manual therapy directed to the coccyx and surrounding soft tissues, spinal decompression of the lumbar discs, adjustments to the sacroiliac joints, cold laser therapy and rehabilitative exercises are prescribed. The use of a “doughnut” cushion can help to alleviate pressure on the coccyx while sitting. If pain has been present for several months or years, it can take longer to achieve pain relief. Most patients will begin to feel improvement after a few treatment sessions. More aggressive therapies such as injections and even surgery may be indicated for long standing pain or significant disability.
The doctors at the Vancouver Spine Care Centre have had decades of experience treating many conditions of the spine including coccyx pain. There is hope for this potentially chronic condition. Call our office for more information.
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