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Coccyx Pain

The coccyx is the lowest part of the spine and is also known as the tailbone.


Coccyx pain is pain felt at the tailbone, especially when sitting on a hard surface.  Pain is relieved when the patient stands or walks because pressure is relieved off the tailbone.   Patients may also complain of pain during bowel movements.

Possible Causes

The cause of coccyx pain may be unknown. Trauma, infection, tumor, or fracture are possible causes.


Your Center for Pain Managment physician will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your unique case. Appropriate treatment is always based on an accurate diagnosis. Our initial evaluation will include a thorough review of your history and a detailed examination, and review or acquisition of appropriate imaging.

Most coccyx pain heals with conservative therapy consisting of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, and a donut-shaped seat cushion that prevents pressure on the tailbone. Resistant cases may be treatable with minimally-invasive, injection-based treatment such as nerve blocks.