Coccydynia: Tailbone Pain

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Abstract

Coccyx (tailbone) pain substantially decreases the quality of life for patients who suffer with this condition. Classic symptoms include midline pain located below the sacrum and above the anus. Symptoms are worse while sitting or during transitions from sitting to standing. Physical examination typically reveals focal tenderness during palpation of the coccyx. Diagnostic tests include radiographs. Advanced studies may include MRI, computerized tomography scans, or nuclear medicine bone scans. Treatments may include the use of cushions, medications by mouth, topical medications, local pain management injections, pelvic floor physical therapy, and (in rare cases) surgical removal of the coccyx (coccygectomy).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-549
Number of pages11
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

Keywords

  • Coccydynia
  • Coccygodynia
  • Coccyx
  • Coccyx pain
  • Pain
  • Tailbone
  • Tailbone pain

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