Coccyx (Tailbone) Pain

Young man suffering from Coccyx pain in office
Young woman suffering from Coccyx pain on bed at home

Coccyx/tailbone pain can be an extremely uncomfortable and debilitating condition.

Coccyx or tailbone pain is also referred to as coccydynia. Coccyx/tailbone pain is often exacerbated in the sitting position but may also occur when changing positions. In most cases, pain will resolve within a few weeks to months, however, some patients the pain can become chronic and begin to impact on everyday life. Coccyx/tailbone pain can arise from traumatic or non-traumatic causes.

There are several factors that can increase an individual’s chance of developing coccyx/tailbone pain. These factors include, age, body mass and gender. Adults and adolescents are more likely to present with coccyx pain than children. With respect to body mass, a higher body mass will result in more pressure placed on the coccyx joint. Females are 5 times more likely to suffer from coccyx/tailbone pain than males. This is likely to be due to the pressures of pregnancy on the coccyx.

Coccyx/tailbone pain is usually described as a “pulling” or “cutting” sensation around the area. It is usually very tender to touch also. Patients will find it extremely uncomfortable when sitting and will often have to shift onto one side of their hip to tolerate sitting. Some patients will also notice that there is difficulty in defaecation and pain with coughing or sneezing. Low back pain or hip pain may develop secondary to coccyx/tailbone pain due to the change in movement and postures in the area.

Chiropractic Treatment of Coccyx/Tailbone Pain

At Impulse Chiropractic, we use a variety of manual therapy techniques to help with the treatment and management of coccyx/tailbone pain.

Treatment includes:

  • Massage and myofascial release techniques of the surrounding muscles and connective tissue.
  • Joint manipulation and mobilisation of the sacrococcygeal joint and adjacent sacroiliac joints, as well as the lumbar, hip, and thoracic joints.
  • Stretching of the surrounding hip muscles.
  • Ergonomic advice and adjustments to sitting position, equipment, cushions.
  • Exercise rehabilitation and programming
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Lifestyle modifications
For further information, or to consult with one of our skilled Chiropractors you can use the Contact or Book Online now buttons at the top of this page, call our North Curl Curl practice on (02) 9939 8817, or visit Impulse Chiropractic & Natural Therapies‘ state of the art Chiropractic clinic at 15/64 Pitt Road in North Curl Curl.

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