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What is Coccydynia?

Coccydynia is the pain in the coccyx, which is often referred to as the tailbone. It is the last bone to be found in the spinal cord. Generally, coccydynia is the result of an injury or strain in your spinal cord. Sometimes, women can be subjected to this condition after childbirth. Mostly, your pain will subside within weeks but can also prolong for a long time resulting in chronic pain. If the pain has existed for a long time, then there is an increased risk of coccydynia. It is best to consult with your doctor for treating coccydynia.

 

Coccydynia Symptoms:

  • Acute pain in the coccyx and lead to increased tenderness in the tailbone. The pain shoots up when you are seated. Also, moving around and everyday chores are affected as a result of this condition.
  • There can be a sudden surge in pain due to the inflammation of your tailbone, restricting general movements like bending and sitting.
  • Due to constant pain in your back, you might suffer from a fever that lasts until the pain subsides.

 

How to treat Coccydynia?

  • Sitting on pillows or padded seating can relieve your pain. Specified seatings are designed for this purpose to avoid body weight, rested on one side.
  • Exercises that involve stretching is taught to the patients.
  • Also, gentle massage and therapy are suggested that helps in relieving the pain.
  • Medications like steroids and painkillers can help in curing this condition. But, make sure to take medicines only with doctors prescription so as to prevent the overuse of steroids.
  • Coccygectomy is the surgery that is done to remove the tailbone. However, surgery is a last resort and is recommended only if the other conventional coccydynia treatments like physiotherapy and medication does not show any improvement. Even after the surgery, the process of wound healing takes time and exercises are suggested for faster cure.

 

When to see an Orthopedician?

Coccydynia is diagnosed by the doctors by feeling the area of pain. However, with recent medical improvements and advanced X-ray techniques, diagnosis of coccydynia has become easier. It is best to consult orthopaedics for treatments and expert advice on the dos and don’ts as you may have to move carefully.

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