Coccyx diseases are a type of condition that can affect the coccyx or tailbone. Coccyx diseases can cause pain, discomfort, and difficulty sitting or standing. Treatment for coccyx diseases typically involves coccyx cushions, physical therapy, and pain relief medication. Surgery is typically only recommended for severe cases that do not respond to other treatments.
Some common coccyx issues:
Tailbone pain: Tailbone pain is often caused by sitting on hard surfaces for long periods. This can irritate the coccyx and cause pain. Tailbone pain can also be caused by injury to the coccyx. Fractures of the coccyx can occur during a fall or other accident. Tailbone pain during pregnancy is a common complaint. The growing baby’s weight and the change in the center of gravity can put extra pressure on the tailbone, causing pain.
Coccyx fracture: Coccyx fracture is an injury to the coccyx or tailbone. The coccyx is a small, triangular bone at the base of the spine. A coccyx fracture can cause pain and discomfort in the lower back and buttocks. Treatment for a coccyx fracture typically includes rest, ice, and pain medication.
Tailbone pain after birth: Tailbone pain after birth is common and usually goes away on its own. However, some women experience chronic tailbone pain that can last for months or even years. There are a few different coccyx diseases that can cause this chronic pain, and treatment options are available.
Broken tailbone: Broken tailbone is a common injury that can occur during falls or other impacts to the coccyx. Symptoms include pain and tenderness at the site of the injury and bruising and swelling. Treatment typically involves rest, ice, and pain medication. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the coccyx.