The Honolulu Pain Management Clinic LLC will determine whether the pain is related to the coccyx and develop a treatment plan accordingly.
Coccygodynia – Coccydynia is a medical term meaning pain in the coccyx or tailbone area, usually brought on by sitting too abruptly. Coccydynia occurs in the lowest part of the spine, the coccyx or the “tail bone”. The coccyx itself is made up of 3 to 5 vertebrae, some of which may be fused together. A number of different conditions can cause pain in the general area of the coccyx, but not all involve the coccyx and the muscles attached to it. The first task of diagnosis is to determine whether the pain is related to the coccyx. Coccydynia is a fairly common injury which can often result from falls, particularly in leisure activities such as cycling and skateboarding. Activities that put pressure on the affected area are bicycling, horseback riding, and other activities such as increased sitting that put direct stress on the coccyx. Since sitting on the affected area may aggravate the condition, a cushion with a cutout at the back under the coccyx is recommended. If there is tailbone pain with bowel movements, then stool softeners and increased fiber in the diet may help. Anti-inflammatory medications such as NSAIDS may be prescribed.