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Tailbone Pain/Coccydynia

What is Tailbone Pain?

Tailbone pain or Coccydynia, a pain in the coccyx or tailbone area, is a problem brought on by sitting too abruptly. Moreover, direct trauma to the coccyx can result in coccyx fracture, dislocations, alignment abnormalities and similar other problems. Prolonged sitting, especially sitting on a hard surface or sitting on a narrow surface) can also result in tailbone pain.

It is the triangular bony structure located at the bottom of the vertebral column. It is composed of three of five bony segments held in place by joints and ligaments. This problem can result in pain and discomfort in the tailbone area. Moreover, injury may result in a bruise, dislocation or break of the coccyx. This problem occurs in women because of the female pelvis is broader. Coccydynia is the swelling of the tip of the tailbone. Pain is often worse on sitting.

Diagnose Coccydynia

Physical Examination is the first and common step to diagnose coccydynia. X-Rays and MRIs are also recommended.


Coccydynia Pain or Tailbone Pain is caused by direct trauma to the tailbone area. Direct blow to the tailbone can injure the coccyx. A fall onto the tailbone is the seated position is the most common cause of coccyx injuries. Some common coccyx discomfort includes bone spurs, compression of nerve roots, injuries to other parts of the spine, tumors and infection.

Symptoms of Tailbone Pain

Before getting tailbone treatment, it is essential to know about the symptoms. Some of the common symptoms include severe localized pain and tenderness that may be felt in the tailbone area. Bruise may be visible, if the injury is traumatic.

Tailbone Treatment

You are advised to consult with experienced orthopaedic surgeons. We offer same-day appointment. Call or email us today.

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