Are You Suffering From Coccyx Pain?
The medical term for the tailbone is the coccyx and pain in this bone is known as coccydynia. Often the reason for this coccyx pain is either difficult childbirth or a direct fall onto the coccyx such as after slipping on stairs or falling onto a sharp edge like the edge of a coffee table. In some cases, however, the pain comes on gradually for no apparent reason. The good news is that conservative treatment such as manipulation is successful in 90 per cent of cases.
Far from being an insignificant piece of bone at the bottom of the spine, the coccyx has multiple attachments of muscles, tendons and ligaments as well as providing stability for the pelvis when sitting. Additionally, the membranous tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord, the dura, extends from the head to the coccyx forming an anatomical connection with the head, neck and pelvis. For this reason, disturbance to the head and neck may influence the coccyx without necessarily any direct injury to the coccyx itself. Another problem is that some people have hypermobility when all or some of the joints in the body move more than is usual. This can result in the coccyx becoming unstable and even dislocated.
Pain can radiate around the coccyx and the surrounding area and can be most noticeable when sitting on hard chairs or leaning backwards. Chiropractic examination will look at the position of the coccyx which can be forward, backward or sideways, and the condition of the tissues around it. If necessary, we can also refer you for an MRI privately.
The coccyx is naturally sensitive and in an intimate area of the body. We are very aware of this at Hiltingbury Chiropractic so that patients who come to the clinic for treatment of coccydynia do not usually need to undress. The treatment itself involves very gentle chiropractic and craniosacral techniques and may include areas of the head and neck, previously mentioned as being connected with the coccyx by the dural membrane or craniosacral system.
See our case study on coccyx pain