Why Do Some Coccyx Injections Not Help for Tailbone Pain, Coccyx Pain

There are multiple reasons why some coccyx injections do not help to relieve coccyx pain (tailbone pain, coccydynia). The physician doing the injection did not start by accurately diagnosing cause of the tailbone pain. If the doctor has not tried to figure out exactly what is causing the pain, how would he/she understand the proper […]

Ganglion Impar Injections: Dr. Foye's chapter in new medical textbook

Ganglion Impar Injections Ganglion Impar injections can be helpful in treating coccydynia (coccyx pain, tailbone pain) and other pelvic pain syndromes. The “ganglion Impar” is also called the “ganglion of Walther” or “Walther’s ganglion”. Ganglion Impar injections include ganglion Impar blocks (ganglion Impar nerve blocks, using local anesthetics) and ganglion Impar nerve ablation (destruction). The […]

Second Dose, Repeat Coccyx Injection for Tailbone Pain

Tailbone Injections and Repeat Injections are Common and Reasonable for Coccyx Pain There are multiple different types of tailbone injections that are done in the treatment of coccyx pain. Common examples include: local coccyx steroid injection, ganglion Impar sympathetic nerve block with local anesthetic, nerve ablation at the coccyx to deaden/kill the nerve fibers that […]

What's the BEST Injection for Tailbone Pain, Coccyx Pain?

What’s the BEST Injection for Tailbone Pain, Coccyx Pain? Recently, another physician asked me, “What’s the BEST injection to do for patients who have coccyx pain (tailbone pain)?” There are multiple different types of injections that can help decrease or eliminate tailbone pain. But which injection is “BEST”? The answer depends on many factors… This […]

Favorable But Variable Responses to Tailbone Injections for Coccyx Pain

Re: Response to coccyx injections. Hi, Folks.

Overall, the specific type of coccyx injection varies from patient to patient, along with differences in how the injection is performed based upon an individual patient’s anatomy and an individual patient’s diagnosis.

For example, regarding anatomy, a ganglion par block would be perform differently in someone who […]

Tailbone Injections AFTER Coccygectomy (Surgical Removal of the Coccyx)

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: Fluoroscopy for Coccyx Injections

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 […]

Why Epidural Injections Do Not Help Tailbone Pain (Coccyx Pain)

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 […]

Before Tailbone Injections, Look for the Cause of the Coccyx Pain

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 […]

Nerve Ablation for Tailbone Pain

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 […]

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