What You Need to Know About Coccydynia

Coccydynia, commonly called tailbone pain refers to persistent pain at the very bottom of your spine. You may develop this pain after direct trauma or spontaneously without a specific inciting factor. The pain typically lasts for weeks to months and can become debilitating Here is some more helpful information.

Coccyx pain can develop from direct trauma, repetitive injury, or degeneration of the joint(s) of the coccyx.

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Here are 5 possible causes of tailbone pain:

1. Coccyx bruising, fracture, or dislocation
2. Anatomical changes in the coccyx
3. Coccyx bone spurs
Thickened or overgrown bone (bone spurs) near the tip of your tailbone can change its length and/or normal angulation. The bone spur(s) can pinch on the skin and underlying tissues when you sit upright and/or lean backward, causing pain
4. Coccygeal arthritis
It is possible for degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis) to develop in the joints of the coccyx due to wear and tear, resulting in tailbone pain.
5. Coccygeal infections and tumors
While rare, tumors or infections may affect the coccyx, causing pain. Chondroma, a malignant bone tumor has a tendency to occur in the coccygeal area.

If your tailbone pain does not reduce on its own, consult a doctor for a more accurate diagnostic checkup and medical treatment.

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