Coccygodynia is a term that refers to the pain in or around the coccyx, also known as the tailbone. In most cases, patients feel the pain while in the sitting position yet it can also be apparent in various positions, even while walking. The pain can also be described as rectal and/or vulvar burning. Numbness of the buttock or posterior thighs can also be experienced. The coccyx pain can be aggravated by prolonged sitting, bowel movements, sexual intercourse, or during menstruation. Almost one third of all cases of coccygodynia are idiopathic in nature, which means that the real cause is unknown. Known causes include trauma from a fall backwards, fracture or injury from childbirth, repeated poor posture, straining upon bowel movements, spasms or trigger points of the surrounding pelvic floor muscles, referred pain from the sacrum or spine, inflammation or irritation of the surrounding nerves, and misalignment of the sacrum or sacrococcygeal joint.
How can Pamela Morrison Physical Therapy, P.C. help with Coccygodynia?
At Pamela Morrison Physical Therapy, P.C. our therapists are experts in the evaluation and treatment of coccyx dysfunction and pain. We provide successful treatments including modalities for pain relief, correction of misaligned joints, release of spasm and trigger points in the surrounding muscles; perform nerve mobilizations to relieve nerve compression, instruct in proper posture, and recommend sitting cushions that are appropriate for each individuals needs.
To learn more about Coccygodynia, please visit: www.coccyx.org.