Coccydynia is an inflammation of the tip of the tailbone, called the coccyx, which results in pain between the buttocks.

What Causes Coccydynia?

Causes of Coccydynia include:

  • Sitting for an extended period
  • Childbirth
  • A sudden injury (such as a fall)

It often develops spontaneously and the cause is unknown, or idiopathic.

Coccydynia Symptoms:

Symptoms can include:

  • Sensitivity around the tailbone
  • Aching sensation near the tailbone
  • Pain around the tailbone that is agitated further by sitting
  • Shooting pain in the legs
  • Bowel movement pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

Pain relief treatment can include a padded seat cushion, medications and nerve blocks. In more severe cases, Coccygeal manipulation is to move the coccyx back into its proper position. Meanwhile, coccygectomy is a surgery to remove the coccyx.

If you are in pain and believe that you may need an evaluation or consultation, please contact us at 201-729-0001. With a pain specialist, you will learn more about nonsurgical alternatives that may suit you. However, if surgery proves necessary, we will give you the proper surgical evaluation. We offer weekday and weekend appointments. You can find us at our conveniently located clinics in West OrangeAberdeen, and Lyndhurst.