What’s Behind Your Coccydynia?

Coccydynia is pain and inflammation that’s localized exclusively to the tail bone, or coccyx, usually presenting as a dull, throbbing ache. There are a number of other conditions that can mimic coccydynia, however, making it important to get a professional’s opinion before self-diagnosing.

If you’re experiencing pain in your coccyx, seek the help of Advanced Spine and Posture as soon as possible! We’ve helped patients in Las Vegas, NV qualify their tailbone pain as either coccydynia or another condition, so they can get the help they need.

If left untreated, tailbone pain can drastically affect your quality of life and productivity. Coccydynia can make daily activities, like walking or sitting, unbearably painful. While a professional’s ability to treat coccydynia is largely dependent on the condition’s source, working with a trusted doctor can help you alleviate symptoms and identify the source of your pain.

Getting to the bottom of the pain in your butt!

Coccydynia is one of those conditions that can show up one day and stick around for extended periods of time. There are a number of catalysts for tailbone pain, affecting people of all ages and lifestyles, including the following:

  • Trauma: Falls and other accidents are the most common source of trauma to the coccyx, leading to coccydynia. Other risk factors can include vaginal childbirth, prolonged periods seated on non-cushioned surfaces and degenerative joint diseases.
  • Infection: While not necessarily true coccydynia, infections can produce similar symptoms. Infections may include shingles on the buttocks and bacterial perianal cysts. These types of infections can cause the coccyx to inflame and become exceptionally painful.
  • Sciatica: This is also not true coccydynia; herniated discs, however, can cause symptoms and pain that mirror coccydynia. The only way to have the source of your pain accurately diagnosed is by consulting with a qualified, trusted medical professional, like your chiropractor.
  • Bone fracture: Fracturing your coccyx results in coccydynia. Fractures to other, nearby bones, however, could also cause coccydynia. Any localized inflammation in your pelvic and groin area can exacerbate pain and make activities like sex and defecation painful and uncomfortable.

Addressing tailbone pain and symptoms

Addressing coccydynia requires lots of care and attention. Here are just some of the ways you may be able to reduce pain and swelling in your coccyx:

  • Donut-shaped pillows: Sitting on donut-shaped pillows can reduce the strain that you place on your coccyx. Donut-shaped pillows are an excellent way to go about your daily life in general, while reducing strain on your tail bone.
  • Ice and heat: Regularly applying ice and heat intermittently can help you reduce both pain and inflammation in your coccyx. Be sure to ask your doctor for advice about how to best apply ice and heat.
  • Manipulation: Visiting a chiropractor may help reduce the effects of coccydynia. Chiropractors can manipulate the coccyx itself, as well as surrounding bones, nerves and muscles, to stimulate nerves and alleviate pressure.
  • Therapy: Physical therapy can also aid coccydynia recovery. Therapists can address both the symptoms and causes of your pain. Working with a physical therapist can help you ensure your coccyx heals correctly, and that it isn’t further damaged during the healing process.

Advanced Spine and Posture is a Las Vegas, NV chiropractic practice offering holistic healthcare treatments for patients suffering from coccydynia and other chronic pain conditions. Reach out today to learn more about our comprehensive Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) treatment plans.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.