Coccydynia, commonly referred to as tailbone pain, is a distressing condition characterized by discomfort centered around the small triangular bone situated at the base of the spinal column, just above the buttock crease.
The term “coccyx” originates from the Greek word for “cuckoo,” owing to its resemblance to a bird’s beak, with its pointed tip directed downward. “Dynia” signifies “pain,” hence “coccydynia” literally translates to “pain of the coccyx.” The bone’s anatomical location, akin to an animal’s tail, has earned it the moniker “tailbone.”
Tailbone pain primarily stems from trauma, although rare cases may involve malignancies or infections as contributing factors. Prolonged periods of sitting on hard surfaces or cycling can exacerbate this discomfort.
The pain associated with coccydynia is often described as sharp, localized, and tends to intensify with light pressure or while seated.
At Innovation Spine Medical, our approach to coccydynia management includes:
- Conservative Treatment: Initial steps involve the application of ice and the use of oral anti-inflammatory medications. Special seat cushions, ergonomically designed in a doughnut shape, can also provide relief by reducing pressure on the coccyx during prolonged sitting.
- Chronic Coccydynia Management: In cases where tailbone pain becomes chronic and persistent, we offer innovative solutions such as a Ganglion Impar block. This targeted procedure can provide effective pain relief, addressing the root cause of the discomfort and improving the patient’s overall quality of life.
At Innovation Spine Medical, we are dedicated to alleviating tailbone pain and tailoring our treatments to meet the unique needs of each patient, ensuring a return to comfort and functionality.
Locations we serve in Queens, NY: Rego Park, Maspeth, Corona, Forest Hills, Middle Village
Locations we serve in Nassau County:
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