Tail Bone Pain (Coccydynia)

WHAT IS COCCYDYNIA?

Coccydynia is the inflammation of the tip of the tailbone and the pain is often worse on sitting.

HOW IS COCCYDYNIA PAIN DIAGNOSED?

Coccydynia is commonly diagnosed based solely on the symptoms and the examination findings of local tenderness over the tailbone.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?

Coccydynia is often caused by an injury, but it may occur spontaneously. There are many causes of tailbone pain which can mimic coccydynia, including sciatica, infection, pilonidal cysts, and a fractured coccyx bone.

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS?

Treatments include using a well-padded seat when sitting and avoid long periods of sitting when possible. Some patients with persistent coccydynia are treated with local cortisone injection.

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