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Does Your Tail-bone Pain?

Injury prevention & Rehab
Coccydynia is a localized sharp pain that might get worse when performing any activity that puts pressure on the bottom of the spine or your tail bone, which is located at the base of your spine.

It is more common in women than men, particularly during childbirth which involves trauma to the tailbone and surrounding areas. It can also be caused from sitting for long hours in a wrong posture. 90% of the tailbone pain can be relieved without any surgical procedures unless it's extreme. Strengthening exercises can help relieve the pain in a few weeks to months. Symptoms of coccydynia Mild to severe soreness near and around the coccyx. Increased pain when sitting for long hours where body weight is placed on coccyx. Sharp pain when sitting, standing or climbing stairs. Pain or discomfort during defecation Obese women with BMI >27 and obese men with BMI>29 have shown increased risk for coccydynia due to repetitive stress or injury (Maigne JY, 2010). Non-invasive relief methods can be either of the following, Ice or cold pack to reduce inflammation Heating pad to relieve muscle tension Activity modification (stop any activity that aggravates the pain) Supportive pillows (U-shaped/V-shaped/Wedge-shaped) to take pressure off from coccyx. Dietary changes with good fibre and water intake for better bowel movements and constipation. Note: Always visit a physiotherapist if the pain continues for a long time and is very intense. Basic Exercises for coccydynia at home Sunbird pose or Chakravasana Bow pose or Danurasana Child pose or Garbhasana Cobra lift Cat and Camel stretch Gluteal Stretches References Maigne JY, Doursounian L, and Chatellier G. Causes and mechanisms of common coccydynia: role of body mass index and coccygeal trauma. Spine 2000; 25:3072-3079. Nathan ST. Fisher BE. Roberts CS. Coccydynia: A Review of Pathoanatomy, Aetiology, Treatment, and Outcome. J Bone Joint Surg [Br] 2010; 92-B: 1622-7
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