Coccydynia is tailbone bone, the cause of which is unknown in many cases.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms are generally classic pain associated with sitting. The symptoms can also include pain when you transition from sitting to standing, pain during sex or bowel movements, as well as a deep aching in the tailbone region.
How is this condition diagnosed?
This condition can be diagnosed with a physical exam during which time the doctor will check your medical history. An x-ray can be taken to detect any fractures. You might also undergo an MRI or a CT scan if your doctor wants to confirm that the pain is or is not bone related.
What are the treatment options?
Treatment generally involves the use of mild medications. Medications are a great way to treat the acute symptoms of pain or injuries. There are a variety of medications out there. Analgesics can be prescribed in some cases. These are designed to reduce pain. Anti-inflammatory medications are the most commonly prescribed. These medications are responsible for controlling inflammation which is caused by an injury. They also reduce your pain. Muscle relaxants are a possibility too. These will sedate you by controlling muscle pain and spasm symptoms. Liniments are another medication option. These are often natural medicines such as herbs, chemical thermal stimulators, and aromatic medications which are available without a prescription.
What can I do at home to reduce this problem?
There are many things you can do at home, but posture is perhaps one of the most important. Posture is how you hold your body against gravity’s natural pull. You should be doing this while you are sitting down, standing up, or lying down. Having proper posture involves teaching your body to stand, sit, walk, and lie properly so as to place the least amount of strain on your supporting ligaments and muscles.
Other options include having a seat cushion customized for you so that you can avoid placing weight on your tailbone whenever you sit on a harder surface. This promotes healing.
Proper posture will keep your joints and bones in their correct alignment and ensure that your muscles are being used properly. It will also decrease any amount of abnormal wear and tear on your joints. It will decrease the stress on the ligaments which hold your spine together and prevent your spine from resting in an abnormal position. It will prevent your muscles from being improperly used which will alleviate fatigue and give you more energy. It will also prevent strains, prevent back pain, and give you a better overall appearance.
Good posture is one of the most under appreciated and underused methods of alleviating back pain and back injuries. Good posture is incredibly important in supporting your spine, which supports the rest of your body. Good posture should be employed at all times, including while you stand, sit, and sleep.
You should speak with your doctor about the most appropriate treatment method for your particular situation and how to best strengthen and support the tailbone region.