3-D, 3-dimensional CT scan for Tailbone Pain, Coccyx Pain

Medical imaging studies for Tailbone Pain Medical imaging studies can be very helpful in making an accurate diagnosis in patients with coccyx pain (also called coccydynia, or tailbone pain). The most common medical imaging studies for tailbone pain include: X-rays: especially “sitting-versus-standing” x-rays to look for “dynamic instability” ( unstable joints of the coccyx). MRI: […]

MRI of Pilonidal Cyst causing Tailbone Pain, Coccyx Pain

What is a Pilonidal Cyst? A pilonidal cyst is a collection of fluid and tissue, which can cause pain in the area of the sacrum and coccyx (tailbone). I recently published an online article and video discussing the symptoms and physical exam findings of Pilonidal Cyst. You can see that previous article and previous video […]

How Big is that Coccyx Mass, Cyst, Tumor, or Cancer?

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 […]

Tailbone X-Rays (Coccyx X-Rays), NOT Lumbar

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), […]

Sit-Stand Coccyx / Tailbone X-rays After Coccygectomy?

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).

MY RESPONSE:

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 […]

Tailbone MRI Versus CT scan for Coccyx Pain

Which is better when evaluating tailbone pain (coccyx pain), an MRI or a CT scan? CT scan can be very good at showing bone, but MRI can show not only bone but ALSO give good definition of soft tissue structures. Some of the soft tissue structures that show up clearly on MRI include: abscess (which […]

Thin Sagittal images for Tailbone MRI or CT scans

MRI and CT scans take images similar to taking a series of slices. Imagine a block of cheese on a slicing machine in a delicatessen. You could slice the block of cheese from left to right, from top to bottom, or from front to back.

In medical imaging, there are different terms for […]

10 Videos on Tailbone Pain (Coccyx Pain)

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Do you have TAILBONE PAIN (Coccyx Pain)?

Describe TAILBONE PAIN (Coccyx Pain)

TAILBONE PAIN During PREGNANCY

Cushions for Tailbone Pain, Coccyx Pain

Coccyx X-rays for TAILBONE PAIN

SOFT surface […]

Physicians who will Not do a Physical Exam for Tailbone Pain

It is unfortunately common that patients tell me that the prior physician treating their tailbone pain never actually examined their tailbone. It is crazy to that a doctor would be providing medical care for a specific musculoskeletal location and yet not have the time or skills to perform a basic physical exam of the […]

Can a Lumbar Disc cause Tailbone Pain?

If an MRI shows that there is a lumbar disc herniation, could this be the cause of your tailbone pain?

Usually not.

Lumbar disc “abnormalities” “Abnormalities” in the lumbar discs are very very commonly seen on MRI studies. Sometimes these abnormal-looking discs may cause symptoms such as low back pain or nerve pain that travels […]

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