Coccydynia overview

Patients experiencing pain in the lowest region of the spine, the tailbone, may have a condition known as coccydynia. Coccydynia is pain in the tailbone, or coccyx. The coccyx generally is composed of mostly four vertebral segments. Coccydynia often is the result of abruptly applying pressure to the coccyx. This can be done by falling, sitting too abruptly or being hit from behind. To learn about the classifications of this condition, as well as the treatments available for relief, read the following article.

Coccydynia classifications

The coccyx is the lowest curve in your spine. It serves many functions, including bearing weight and serving as a connection point for many muscles and ligaments. There is not one group of people more prone to experiencing coccydynia based on age or ethnicity. However, people who are overweight are more likely to experience this condition.

There are three classifications for coccydynia:

  • Traumatic. This can be caused by immense stress on the coccyx such as when giving birth, falling or riding a bicycle for an extended amount of time.
  • Nontraumatic. Tumors located on or near the coccyx can cause nontraumatic pain. This pain can be either constant or occasional.
  • Idiopathic. Not all coccydynia can be linked to the above two classifications, which is why there is a third classification. This is for all other unexplainable pain in the coccyx.

Coccydynia treatments

Most coccydynia heals over time with the use of conservative treatments. Chronic coccydynia can be treated through the use of nerve block injections, which work to prevent the pain signals from reaching the brain. In very few situations, when the case is severe enough and your condition does not respond to several weeks or months of conservative treatment, surgery may become necessary. If this is the case for you, contact Laser Spine Institute.

Laser Spine Institute helps thousands of patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain each year, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To relieve coccydynia, our board-certified+ surgeons may remove part or all of the coccyx, depending on the severity of your condition. To learn if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.*