Spine Conditions – Coccydynia

Some health professionals say that coccydynia responds well to conservative treatments, such as medications like ibuprofen, which can resolve the issue within a few weeks. However, there is very small evidence that supports the effectiveness of the medication. The best coccydynia treatment is a minimally invasive surgery, which is a permanent and the safest solution to this problem. In this article, we will talk about coccydynia in detail. Read on!

What is Coccydynia?

Coccydynia is commonly known as the tailbone bone. The condition occurs at the coccyx area, which is at the bottom of the spine. Here at MINT, the experienced and professional surgeons say that the condition is due to trauma to the coccyx. The trauma is most often due to a severe fall, prolonged sitting on a narrow surface, vaginal childbirth, and degeneration of the joint.

Most often, coccydynia is achy and dull. However, you can experience serve pain, especially when you sit, rise, or stand for a long time. The painful sensations are also caused by defecation and sexual activity. Coccydynia can affect people of all ages and both genders. It can cause a troubling mensuration cycle in women.

It is important to consult your physician if your experience severe pain in your tailbone. The doctor may perform a rectal exam to confirm it is tailbone pain and not any other condition.

What are the Causes of Coccydynia?

There are many causes of this spinal condition, and next, we are going to tell you about each one. Continue reading!

The most common cause of this condition is an injury to the coccyx, which occurs when a person experiences a hard impact to his or her spine. For instance, high-intensity exercise, sports activities, and accidents can cause the condition. Research shows that falling backward can also lead to this painful condition.

A repetitive strain injury is another cause of this spinal condition. It is mostly due to participating in sports activities, like rowing and cycling. So, when you continually lean forward that cause stretching of your back, you may feel pain in the tailbone.

If you do such movements repeatedly, it can lead to straining of the muscles, ligaments, and tissues around your coccyx. The straining of muscles and ligaments can damage the coccyx permanently. So, you will feel pain, tingling, and discomfort. This can also affect your day-to-day activities.

Poor posture is another cause of this spinal condition. For instance, when you sit in an improper position for a long time, it will impact your coccyx. So, make sure you change your position and avoid sitting for a longer time.

What are the Possible Treatments for Coccydynia?

There are many coccydynia treatment options, such as medication, physical therapy, manipulation, and surgery. Your doctor may give inject medication through an injection into the tailbone to relieve pain for a couple of weeks. You can also take anti-epileptic and antidepressants to control the pain symptoms.

Physical therapy, likewise, is a short-term treatment for this spinal condition. You will conduct physical therapy sessions to practice various pelvic floor relaxation methods. Manipulation is all about massaging the tailbone muscles to help ease the symptoms of coccydynia, mainly the painful sensations.

Many people undergo open lower spine surgery to treat the problem. Although it can treat the issue effectively, it has long recovery times and risks regarding damages to the surrounding tissues and muscles.

So, here at MINT, our surgeons have done extensive research and practically performed minimally invasive surgery to treat the tailbone pain. That’s why, we believe that MIS surgery techniques are the best when it comes to reducing complications, scarring, larger incisions, and recovery time.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Coccygectomy is a minimally invasive surgery, which aims to remove the broken tailbone and relieve the painful sensations. Here at MINT, our qualified surgeons have treated hundreds of patients from all across Texas with a 99% success rate.

Although it is not easy for patients to decide whether or not they should consider this type of surgery, those who have undergone coccygectomy are enjoying day-to-day life without pain in the tailbone.

Compared to open surgery, the minimally invasive technique does not have long recovery periods. However, you will have to rest for a few months, take medications, and perform physical therapy exercises in the rehabilitation period.

If you are suffering from severe pain that does not relieve with medication, physical therapy, injections, and manipulation, you can contact MINT. Here, our top surgeon Dr. Scott Kutz specializes in treating painful tailbone pain or coccydynia. Contact us today!