About Tailbone Pain (Coccydynia)
Tailbone pain, called “coccydynia,” is pain in and around the small triangular bone at the very bottom of your spinal column, above the cleft of your buttocks.
The term “coccyx” comes from the Greek word for “cuckoo” as it resembles a bird’s beak with the tip pointed down. “Dynia” means “pain,” and so “coccydynia” literally means “pain of the coccyx.” And because the bone corresponds to the location of an animal’s tail, it’s called the “tailbone.”
The causes of pain in the tailbone is often trauma although rarely malignancies and infections can also contribute.
Prolonged sitting on a hard seat, or bicycle can increase his pain.
Pain is often described as sharp localized and worsened with light pressure or while sitting.
Initial conservative treatment includes ice and oral anti-inflammatory medication and the use of special seat cushions shaped in a doughnut.
Chronic tailbone pain can be treated with a ganglion Impar block