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Tailbone pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments


Coccydynia or tailbone pain is centered at the very bottom of the spinal cord, right above the buttocks. The tailbone is small; it helps to stabilize people when they sit. It is called as coccyx in medical terms.
Coccydynia is more common in people aged 36+ years.[1]

- Requires a medical diagnosis
- More common in women than men
- Rarely a sign of cancer
- Chronic if not treated
- Usually midterm: resolves within months
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Lab tests, scans, imaging always required

Tailbone pain can range from mild to intense. It could worsen when you sit down or lean back while sitting. It is usually felt as a localized pain that worsens when sitting or carrying out any activity that puts pressure on the bottom of the spine.


1. Falls or other traumas
2. Wear and tear due to ageing
3. Joint damage from repetitive motions
4. Pregnancy in women
5. Heavy weight
6. Fractured bone
7. Infection or tumor


People may experience:
1. Pain during intercourse, bowel movements
2. Pain in legs
3. Fever
4. Redness, swelling in area near tailbone.


Self-care: applying ice packs, heating pads, using supportive pillows, fibrous diet, and drinking plenty of water is recommended.
Therapy: postural retraining exercises, stretching, and reverse kegel exercises are helpful in obtaining relief.
Medications: non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs, massages, and injections of numbing agents are helpful.
Specialists: Consult an orthopedic for immediate help. Coccygectomy surgery may be required in serious cases. At mfine, we provide a comprehensive treatment plan for your optimum health.

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