The coccyx, or tailbone, is the lowest region of your spine, and it sits directly below the sacrum. Your tailbone is made up of 3 to 5 small bones that naturally fuse together by about age 30. It’s positioned at the bottom of your spine, and the coccyx helps support your weight while you sit.

RISK FACTORS-

-Adolescents and adults

-Women

-People who are obese

Being female and obese are the 2 biggest risk factors. Women are affected by coccydynia 5 times more than men, which is likely due to injuries during childbirth. Also, the female coccyx is positioned farther back than its male counterpart, making it more vulnerable to trauma.

CAUSES-

Trauma from falling or being bumped

Repetitive action, such as extensive bike riding or rowing

Childbirth

Other possible causes of coccydynia include:

-Bone spurs on the coccyx

– Joint instability

-Spinal arthritis

SYMPTOMS-

The main symptom is pain and tenderness in the area just above the buttocks.

The pain may:

-be dull and achy most of the time, with occasional sharp pains

-be worse when sitting down, moving from sitting to standing, standing for long periods

-make it very difficult to sleep and carry out everyday activities, such as driving or bending over

TREATMENTS FOR COCCYDYNIA-

-self-care measures, such as avoiding prolonged sitting, using a specially-designed coccyx cushion

-non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

-physiotherapy

PHYSIOTHERAPY MANAGEMENT-

-Ergonomic adjustments

– Pain management by electrotherapy including TENS and UST

-Manual Therapy which includes- stretchings, mobilisation and soft tissue releases .

– Dry needling has proven to be very effective as well.

– Stretching of Piriformis muscle, Iliopsoas and glute stretch (PIGEON POSE)

– Exc like single  kee hugging

If you are suffering from chronic tailbone pain than visit your nearest Physician or Physiotherapy centre .

Or visit us at Dynafisio – www.dynafisio.com or call at 8929294515

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