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 […]
Image guidance for tailbone injections: The most important first step is for the treating physician to thoroughly assess for the CAUSE of the tailbone pain. In many ways, this can be more important then which type of injection is done and whether or not image-guidance is used for the injection. It is extremely important for […]
There are many different types of injections that pain management physicians like myself can provide for patients. Often, an important first step is deciding whether any given patient needs an injection at all, and if so which specific type of injection they may benefit from. What is an epidural steroid injection? An epidural injection […]
I am frequently asked which injections will help most for tailbone pain (coccyx pain). Or doctors contact me to ask some specifics of the details on how to perform certain injections at the tailbone.
But frequently there is an initial step that has been overlooked.
BEFORE having or performing any tailbone injection, the treating physician […]
What is nerve ablation? In general, the term “nerve ablation” refers to the intentional destruction of nerves. In patients with tailbone pain or other types of pain, nerve ablation is one way of stopping the pain. Basically, even if the patient continues to have the underlying musculoskeletal abnormality (such as joint arthritis, joint dislocation, bone […]
You may be wondering… “If I have tailbone pain, why not just have it surgically removed? Why bother trying non-surgical approaches?”
Why not just remove the tailbone right off the bat for people having tailbone pain? My answer would be that the vast majority of patients do well with milder and easier treatments. The milder […]
Multiple different types of injections are done to decrease tailbone pain.
3 of the most common types of tailbone injections: Steroid injection: a steroid is an anti-inflammatory medication that can be placed at a site of inflammation, to decrease the inflammation and pain at that location. Sympathetic nerve block: Sometimes in addition to the musculoskeletal […]