Coccydynia is a pain felt in your coccyx. This is the last bone at the bottom of the spine (tailbone). You can get it if you injure or strain your coccyx or the surrounding muscles and ligaments.
In most cases, the pain will improve over a few weeks or months, but occasionally it can last much longer and severely affect your ability to carry out every day activities.
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The main symptom is pain and tenderness in the area just above the buttocks.
The pain may:
Some people also have back pain, shooting leg pains (sciatica) and painful buttocks and hips.
Coccydynia will often improve on its own after a few weeks and there are some simple treatments you can try at home (see below).
See your GP if:
Your GP will carry out an examination to check for more serious causes of your pain, such as infection or a fracture.
In some cases, they may also refer you for tests such as X-ray or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan .
Common causes of coccydynia include:
Less common causes can include a bony growth on the coccyx, the coccyx being too flexible or too rigid, and arthritis . Rare but serious causes include infection and cancer .
In many cases, no obvious cause can be found. Age-related "wear and tear" may play a part.
Very rarely the coccyx may need tobe removed (coccygectomy).
Find out about coccydynia (tailbone pain), including what the symptoms are, when to get medical advice, why it happens and how it's treated.
Find out about some of the main causes of coccydynia (tailbone pain), including, childbirth, injury and wear and tear.
Find out about the main treatments for coccydynia (tailbone pain), including things you can try at home, painkillers, physiotherapy and painkilling injections.