About Dr. Foye, Tailbone Pain Center

Tailbone Doctor Patrick FoyeDr. Patrick Foye, M.D. is a Physician (M.D., medical doctor) and Professor with special expertise in treating tailbone pain.

He uses a compassionate, thorough approach to evaluating and treating tailbone pain, without surgery.

Dr. Foye has many years of experience treating patients with tailbone pain. He has published impressive results within the medical literature.

Dr. Foye is Director of the “Coccyx Pain Center” at New Jersey Medical School, which is part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

His medical office is accessible by driving from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland (NJ, NY, NYC, PA, CT, DE, MD), etc. Also, every month many patients with tailbone pain fly in from distant states and occasionally from other countries.

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Dr. Foye’s office phone is # 973-972-2802. (This number is ONLY for making appointments for in-person evaluations. Sorry, but medical advice can NOT be given by phone to patients who have not been evaluated yet within the office. Please schedule an in-person consultation, so that you may receive a thoughtful, in-person evaluation.)


Tailbone injuries
Dr. Foye provides his patients with testing, treatment and advice regarding:

  • Tailbone fractures (fractured coccyx, “broken tailbone”, chipped tailbone, “cracked tailbone”)
  • Tailbone dislocations (dislocated coccyx)
  • Tailbone sprains (sprained coccyx)
  • Tailbone injuries from pregnancy (coccyx injuries while pregnant or from childbirth, labor and delivery)
  • Tailbone injuries from sports (skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, roller skating, football, basketball, etc.).
  • Other tailbone injuries (other types of injury to the coccyx, injured tailbones, trauma to coccygeal bones, bruised coccyx)
  • Non-traumatic tailbone pain (coccyx pain, aching or discomfort that began without any trauma or injury at all)
  • Figuring out the causes of your tailbone pain (causes of a sore tailbone, painful coccyx, coccyx bone pain, tail bones that hurt)
  • Screening for other causes of symptoms of low back pain, buttock pain, pelvic pain, muscle pain, etc. (including screening for pilonidal cysts, coccyx cancer, sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, lumbosacral facet pain, lumbar disc herniations, piriformis muscle pain, and other problems, etc.)

Tests for Tailbone Pain

Dr. Foye helps his patients find the underlying cause of their pain, including an individualized approach that may sometimes (if necessary) include ordering and/or interpreting the following:

  • Tailbone x-rays (coccyx x-rays, including comparing x-rays while standing versus sitting)
  • Tailbone MRI (coccyx MRI, sacrum-pelvis MRI, pelvic MRI, lumbosacral MRI)
  • Tailbone CT scans (coccyx CT scans, sacrum-pelvis CT scans, pelvic CT scans)
  • Bone scans
  • Coordinating consultations with other specialists

Treatments for tailbone pain

Dr. Foye provides individualized (patient-specific) treatment recommendations, including:

  • Tailbone cushions (coccyx cushions: wedge cushions, donut cushions, doughnut cushions, other seat cushions, etc.)
  • Pain medications (various different types of prescription pain medications taken by mouth)
  • Tailbone injections (coccyx injections, including using fluoroscopy to guide precisely placed steroid injections, ganglion Impar injections, coccyx nerve blocks, etc.)
  • Advice regarding coccyx removal surgery (coccygectomy), e.g. as a non-surgeon providing a second opinion in patients previously told that they require surgery. Referral to surgery if truly needed.

If you or someone you know is suffering from Tailbone Pain, you deserve to be seen by a caring physician with expertise in evaluating and treating this condition.

Patrick M. Foye, M.D.

  • Director, Coccyx Pain Center (Tailbone Pain Center), Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, USA
  • Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R)
  • Board Certified: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)
  • Board Certified: American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, 1999-2004
  • Board Certified: American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (EMG, Nerve Studies, etc)
  • Board Certified: Pain Medicine (Sub-Specialty Pain Board certification, via the American Board of PM&R and the American Board of Anesthesiology)

Additional Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Responsibilities

  • Co-Director, Outpatient Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Co-Director, Musculoskeletal/Pain Fellowship
  • Co-Director, Back Pain Clinic
  • Chairman, Undergraduate Medical Education Committee
  • Director, Medical Student Clerkships
  • National Managing Editor, eMedicine, PM&R division.
  • Member of the Medical Examiners’ Panel, for the State of New Jersey

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Meanwhile, additional information on non-surgical treatment of tailbone pain(coccyx pain, also called coccydynia or coccygodynia) can be found at the following web sites: