Tail bone pain or Coccydynia or pain in the coccyx is caused by falling or structural abnormalities, however, in about a third of cases, the cause of the pain in unknown. Sitting in the same position for longer durations causes tailbone pain. Although, in some instances, patients suffer from acute pain when they try to stand up immediately after sitting, or sit down immediately after standing for some time. There can be tailbone pain while having bowel movements, or during sexual intercourse too. Here in the next few lines, we will be considering non-evasive and non-surgical ways to ease tailbone pain.
Non-Evasive Ways to Ease Tailbone Pain:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs commonly known as NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) such as COX-2 inhibitors, naproxen, and ibuprofen, helps in reducing the inflammation around the tailbone area, which is usually the cause of Coccydynia.
- Apply a hot pack or heat to the affected coccyx region, several times a day, for a few days.
- Apply an ice pack or ice to the affected coccyx area, several times a day, for a few days.
- Avoid putting any stress on the affected area, or sitting for extended durations.
- Use a custom pillow for the coccyx region, to take pressure off your tailbone.
- If your tailbone pain increases during bowel moments, or due to constipation, then try including more fibers in your diet. Also increase the intake of water on an hourly basis.
Try following the methods mentioned above for a few days. However, if you still feel that the tailbone pain has not reduced (even after a month); please visit your family doctor/physician without any more delay.
Other Non-surgical Ways to Ease Tailbone Pain:
- Gentle Stretching – Stretching the ligaments attached to the tailbone area gently can be helpful.
- Chiropractic Therapy – Take help from a medical practitioner, i.e., chiropractor to ease the pain the coccyx area.
- Local Numbing Injection – You can take a pain-numbing injection to decrease the inflammation and pain in the coccyx area. However, it is advisable not to take more than three injections per year. Relief from the injection can last from one week to several years.
- Physical Therapy – Sign up for 2-3 physical therapy sessions a week. Physical therapy reduces any inflammation around the tailbone area and eases the pain.
Note: Diagnosing the root cause of the tailbone pain is very important.