Tail Bone Pain (Coccydynia)
The coccyx, or tailbone, is the triangular bony structure located at the bottom of the vertebral column. It is composed of three to five bony segments held in place by joints and ligaments. A coccyx or tailbone injury results in pain and discomfort in the tailbone area. Tailbone pain is also called coccydynia or coccygodynia. The majority of coccyx injuries occur in women because the female pelvis is broader, and the coccyx is more exposed.
Causes Of Tail Bone Pain
Most often, the cause of coccydynia is unknown (“idiopathic”). Other causes include trauma (for example, from falls and childbirth); abnormal, excessive mobility of the tailbone; and very rarely infection, tumor, or fracture.
A fall onto the tailbone in the seated position, usually against a hard surface, is the most common cause of coccyx injuries.
A direct blow to the tailbone, such as those that occur during contact sports, can injure the coccyx.
The coccyx can be injured or fractured during childbirth.
Repetitive straining or friction against the coccyx (as happens in bicycling or rowing) can injure the coccyx.
Sometimes, the cause of coccyx injuries is unknown.
Less common causes of coccyx discomfort include bone spurs, compression of nerve roots or injuries to other parts of the spine, local infections, and tumors
How Do I Know If I Have A Tail Bone Injury?
Severe localized pain and tenderness may be felt in the tailbone area.
If the injury is traumatic, a bruise may be visible in this area.
The pain is generally worse when sitting for prolonged periods of time, or with direct pressure to the tailbone area.
Bowel movements and straining are often painful.
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