The tailbone (or coccyx) is located in the lower buttock. The tailbone is made up of the last three to five vertebrae of the spinal column — for most people, it’s four. Some pelvic muscles and ligaments attach to the coccyx.
A tailbone injury (or coccydynia) is often caused by backward falls onto a hard surface, such as a slippery floor or ice. Most tailbone injuries lead to bruising and pain but rarely lead to an actual fracture or broken bone. New mothers are susceptible too…sometimes the tailbone can be irritated or injured during pregnancy from the position of the fetus or during a difficult labor and delivery. The pressure of a baby passing through the birth canal can bruise, dislocate, or even fracture the tailbone.
If you injure your tailbone, you may have pain on top of the buttocks area, swelling and bruising around the base of the spine as well as pain and numbness that tends to be most severe when you’re sitting. You may feel pain when rising from sitting to standing or if you strain to have a bowel movement.
Patients with coccydynia are advised to use a well-padded seat when sitting and avoid long periods of sitting.
And try acupuncture!
Acupuncture stimulates the release of the opiods (pain killing chemicals) as well as adenosine- a natural pain killer with anti-inflammatory properties, without the side effects of Western Medicine. Acupuncture also works to reduce the inflammation by improving blood flow to the area. Many people experience substantial relief after just one treatment.
Whether your pain is acute or chronic, mild or severe, acupuncture can help reduce your tailbone pain.
95% of my Tailbone Pain Was Gone!
“I had tailbone pain, an “8” on a scale from 1-10. After just one acupuncture treatment, 95% of all symptoms reduced!” — Jennifer W., Stratford, CT