Coccyx/tailbone pain (aka coccydynia) is an incredibly frustrating condition that affects millions of people every year!
Hundreds of people come into our clinics in desperation every year, having received little to no help from their doctor. The truth is that medication will only mask the pain, plus it can actually make the problem worse because you are muting the pain signals coming from your coccyx and damaging the tissues further.
There are lots of different treatments available to help coccyx pain, the most sensible approach is to use the least aggressive (and risky) treatments first, then progress on to more invasive options if your pain has not improved significantly.
Coccyx Pain Treatment Options
- Self-Treatment and Rehab
- Manual Therapy From A Clinician With Experience Treating Coccyx Pain
- Steroid Injection
Yep, leave it alone and stop doing the things that aggravate it, plain and simple. If it’s not better within a week or two, then you should move onto step 2.
2. Self-Treatment & Rehab
Perform a daily treatment and rehab routine at home: release the tight muscles, relax the nervous system, improve your posture, clean up your diet, increase the quality and quantity of your sleep, decrease your stress, increase core strength and perform a ‘coccyx-friendly’ exercise program. Hint: Our program will guide you step-by-step through all of this! Click here to check it out!
3. Manual Therapy From A Clinician With Experience Treating Coccyx Pain
A medical textbook has a grand total of 2 whole paragraphs about treating coccyx pain. You really are wasting your time and money unless the clinician has treated lots of coccyx pain before. P.S If you have already addressed all of the issues mentioned above, then the clinician will probably hug you for being the perfect patient!!!
4. Steroid Injections
These are powerful local injections that reduce the inflammation around an injured area. They should not be used unless everything else has been tried first! They are not without risks, firstly they are not guaranteed to work. Secondly, they can weaken/thin the soft tissue structures around the joint, which can be a problem if you already have a joint which is already too mobile.
This really is the absolute last resort, thankfully in the last 15 years of treating people with coccyx pain, I have had only 3 patients go for surgery because their coccyx pain was so intense, persistent and unresponsive to steps 1-4. The surgery is risky as it is not guaranteed to work, plus it can damage the muscles responsible for continence.
Robert Griffiths BSc (Hons) Chiro DC
Doctor of Chiropractic
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