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Tailbone Pain Treatment – Overland Park and Lenexa
Tailbone Pain (Coccydynia) - Condition Overview
Coccydynia, or more commonly referred to as tailbone pain, is due to inflammation and tenderness at the tip of the tailbone (coccyx). It is commonly felt between the buttocks near the tip of the tailbone but can be felt at times outward near the gluteal muscles or pelvic floor as well. It can be caused by direct impact, repetitive sitting, pregnancy, among other causes. It is also important to obtain an accurate diagnosis because many different conditions can refer pain to this region. Chiropractors have extensive training in treating spinal conditions, including coccydynia, through conservative measures without the use of injections, drugs, or surgery.
What Causes Coccydynia?
Our chiropractic clinics in Overland Park and Lenexa have extensive experience in this condition and commonly see it in these patient populations:
- Direct Impact to Tailbone - Whether it be a slip and fall on ice or a snowboarding injury, this is the most common cause of coccydynia that we see in our chiropractic clinic.
- Pregnancy - With the Relaxin hormone affecting ligament structures and the changes in the body affecting the pelvic floor, this can cause inflammation of the coccyx as well.
- Repetitive sitting - Repetitive light trauma to the coccyx bone can cause injury as well, and is at times dependent on your specific anatomy and positioning.
How do you diagnose tailbone pain (coccydynia)?
Our Overland Park and Lenexa chiropractors start with a comprehensive chiropractic examination utilizing a detailed history, extensive orthopedic and neurological examination and x-rays (if needed to rule out fracture). We use this data to determine whether it truly is coccydynia and develop a treatment plan accordingly.
Common conditions that mimic coccydynia are sacroiliitis, fracture, nerve pain, infections, and other bowel conditions.
- Painful sitting
- Difficulty walking
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Difficulty standing out of chair
- Point tenderness over tip of tailbone
How Does Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractic provides conservative, non-invasive treatment of the coccyx bone. We utilize a variety of different treatment options that can be used but typically it will involve external adjustments, tissue pulls, myofascial release, and chiropractic adjustments to the pelvis as a whole to provide optimal positioning and flexibility. We also provide at home and maintenance instructions to improve your activities of daily life so while our chiropractors provide relief, you can learn tools to ensure this will not return in the future.
We understand this condition can make life difficult and embarrassing and we are committed to finding the fastest relief through the variety of different treatment options we provide.