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Pain Medicine & Physical Rehabilitation Specialists located in Orange, CA

Cocydynia services offered in Orange, CA

Coccydynia is five times more common in women than in men. It affects adults and teenagers more frequently than children. According to the BMI (Body Mass Index) scale, obese people are three times more susceptible than those at optimal weight. Our team at  InnovateMed Medical Group located in Orange, California  use a comprehensive and individualized strategy to treat the problem and ensure a quick recovery.

Cocydynia Q&A

What is tailbone pain (coccydynia)?

Coccydynia, or tailbone pain, is discomfort in and around the tiny triangular bone at the base of your spinal column, above the cleft in your buttocks. It may result from vaginal childbirth, prolonged sitting on a hard or narrow surface, degenerative joint changes, or injury to the coccyx from a fall.

Why does your tailbone hurt?

Bruising, dislocation or a shattered bone brought on by trauma or injury can all produce extreme pain and discomfort. It could occur if you trip or harm yourself while participating in gymnastics or skating-related sports.

Moreover, repetitive strain injuries from sports like rowing or cycling might cause pain in this area. Your muscles, ligaments, and spine are strained when these actions are performed repeatedly, which causes pain and discomfort.

What are the symptoms of tailbone pain (coccydynia)?

The symptoms of coccydynia include:

  • Pain in the tailbone that is sharp or achy.
  • Greater discomfort when getting out of a sitting position and standing.
  • Pain that is more intense after prolonged sitting.
  • Having bowel movements that hurt.
  • Sexual discomfort.

Other related symptoms that may occur with coccydynia include:

  • Painful buttocks
  • Back pain
  • Poor sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

How does our physician help you with tailbone pain at ONC?

InnovateMed Medical Group provides the following:

  • PRP, prolotherapy, and other MSK injections

    to relieve pain and speed up your body’s regeneration process naturally – in the affected area.
  • IV infusion therapies

    involve a combination of vitamins, minerals, and nutrition, which help boost the immune system and lessen pain and inflammation
  • Physical rehabilitation.

    To optimize you function and decrease disability of your physical health

What are the other treatments for Tailbone Pain?

Take some time to relax and recover if you are hurt. Painkillers sold over the counter could be helpful. Consult a doctor if your discomfort is severe or interferes with your daily activities.

Treatment may include:

  • Doughnut-shaped pillows for sitting
  • Pain medication
  • Steroid injections

What tests are used to diagnose tailbone pain (coccydynia)?

To inspect a fracture:

  • Ultrasound.

    It checks the area for inflammation and pain in the affected areas
  • X-ray.

    It is performed to evaluate the structure of bones and soft tissues in the lower back-hip area.
  • CT scan.

    It may be used if the suspected cause of pain is a fracture, tumor, or abnormal mobility of the sacrococcygeal joint.
  • Bone density scan.

    It is used to assess bone density and diagnose whether you may have Osteoporosis/Osteopenia.

How can I reduce my risk of tailbone pain (coccydynia)?

You can reduce your risk of tailbone pain by:

  • Avoid falls. 

  1. Keep your floors and pathways free of loose objects, debris, and cords. 
  2. Make sure all stairs are well-lit and include rails. 
  3. Don’t walk while looking at your cell phone. 
  4. Evaluate your bathroom safety to prevent falls.
  5. Maintain your balance through exercises and physical rehab. 
  6. Check your eyesight periodically.
  • Avoid activities that worsen pain

    , such as cycling, sitting or traveling for long periods.

If you are experiencing pain or have recently sustained an injury in your tailbone, consult your provider at InnovateMed Medical Group as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.