Coccygodynia or tailbone pain can be an extremely painful condition that can be disabling or cause difficulty walking and performing other normal activities. Often, it is while seated when the pain of coccygodynia is most significant. It is described as a localized and painful, pulling sensation that can also radiate to the buttocks, lumbar, thighs, and the sacrum as it supports the weight of the upper body.
Causes of Injury to the Coccygodynia
The most common cause of a tailbone injury is an accidental fall (especially falling down stairs) that results in a direct blow to the tailbone. But, it can also happen during sports such as skiing, skating, snowboarding, and when participating in contact sports. Repetitive-type motions or constant friction can also cause a painful tailbone, and this often seen in long distance bicycling or rowing.
An injury to the coccyx area can also occur during childbirth when the female pelvis is broader and the coccyx is exposed. Childbirth can overstretch soft tissue like ligaments and muscles that are connecting your pelvic and back bones. Having a child is one of the leading causes of coccygodynia.
Get Help from Carolina PRIME
Many patients seek help from medications that relieve pain until the tailbone area has healed. Most often, NSAIDs are prescribed along with the application of hot and cold packs to reduce pain and swelling. A combination of treatments are the best way to return to a healthy and active lifestyle. Choose Carolina PRIME for you coccygodynia recovery, as we have experience in multiple treatments for tailbone injury and pain. These include:
- Massage therapy
- Targeted exercises
- Stretching routines
These physical therapies are recommended before seeking surgery to manipulate the tailbone. Our physical therapists can also help you use better body mechanics to assist in the healing process. This includes reducing repetitive motions that strain the tailbone, and improving posture while sitting, standing, and bending over.
To learn more about pelvic floor exercises and other treatments to deal with a painful tailbone, contact Carolina Prime Physical Therapy to reduce the symptoms that prevent a return to a healthy and active lifestyle. Our team of professionals are experienced in working with women who are pregnant or who have recently had a vaginal or c-section delivery.