Sometimes I find that my patients with tailbone pain (coccyx pain, coccydynia) actually have a mass, cyst, tumor, or cancer either within the tailbone itself or in the nearby tissues. Examples can include pilonidal cyst, retro-rectal hamartoma (tailgut cyst), chordoma (a type of bone cancer that tends to happen at the coccyx and is […]
The Tailbone (Coccyx) is NOT the Same as the Lumbar Spine. Practically every day, patients with tailbone pain come to see me from around the country or from around the world. Many have faced a similar challenge regarding imaging studies. Specifically, it is unfortunately VERY common that the patient has tailbone pain (coccyx pain, coccydynia), […]
SHARE this page / video with others so they can better understand tailbone pain. Recently, someone online asked me to do a video explaining how people with tailbone pain (coccyx pain) often face challenges that are not understood or appreciated by coworkers, family, partners, friends, or even their treating physicians. She wanted a video that […]
In this video, Patrick Foye, M.D., gives his initial reactions to a medical journal article that covers the topic of Cycling and Low Back Pain. Dr. Foye points out that the article completely ignores the issue of tailbone pain (coccyx pain, coccydynia) in cyclists. Sitting on a bicycle seat, or saddle, can put direct […]
A few months ago I wrote about “Do Tarlov Cysts cause Pain?”
Today’s question is:
How to Distinguish between Sacral Tarlov Cyst Pain and Tailbone Pain
Usually it is not difficult to tell these conditions apart. Here’s how:
Location: The location of a sacral Tarlov Cyst is more than a few inches ABOVE the location […]
I recently posted a video and blog about exercise and tailbone pain, but I forgot to mention sit-ups!
Doing traditional-style sit-ups are usually very problematic and painful for people suffering from coccydynia (coccyx pain, tailbone pain).
So here is my follow-up video specifically discussing sit-ups and tailbone pain:
What exercises should you avoid or modify if you have tailbone pain (coccyx pain, coccydynia)?
You may want to maintain their fitness, health, body weight, and well-being, without exacerbating (flaring up) your tailbone pain.
This video gives many tips and tricks for ways that you can exercise without making your tailbone pain worse.
The video […]
Coccygectomy is surgical removal of the coccyx. Fortunately, the vast majority of patients with coccydynia (coccyx pain, tailbone pain) respond well to NON-surgical treatment and therefore do NOT require coccygectomy. Typical treatments include coccyx cushions and tailbone injections. For those small percentage of patients who fail to get adequate relief despite injections, etc., it […]
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) EDS is a medical condition associated with “loose joints” (joint hyper-mobility) and other problems (loose skin, etc.). EDS and Tailbone Pain (Coccyx Pain) EDS patients have joint hypermobility, as noted above. This is important, since joint hypermobility is one of the most common causes of coccydynia (even in people without EDS). […]
I was recently asked: Do I order sitting-versus-standing coccyx x-rays for patients who have persistent pain after coccygectomy (surgical removal of the coccyx/tailbone).
1) First of all, do we know for sure whether the ENTIRE tailbone has indeed been surgically removed?
If we know for sure that the entire tailbone has been […]