4 Reasons why Tailbone Fractures and Dislocations Can NOT be Treated like Other Body Regions

Why can’t you just treat coccyx pain or injuries the same way you would treat other musculoskeletal injuries? There are 4 main reasons: #1: You can NOT put a CAST on the tailbone. Unlike an injury to your arm or leg, you can not put a CAST on your tailbone. #2: You can NOT use […]

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 […]

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 […]

Complete Coccygectomy versus Partial Coccygectomy

What is coccygectomy? Coccygectomy is the surgical amputation of the coccyx. During coccygectomy, the coccyx (tailbone) is removed. Who needs coccygectomy? Coccygectomy is only medically necessary in a relatively small fraction of patients with coccydynia (tailbone pain, coccyx pain). Typically, coccygectomy is reserved for those patients who have failed to get adequate relief despite a […]

Tailbone Pain and Bowel Problems

There are a few different ways to approach your question about an association between tailbone (coccyx) problems and bowel problems. Sometimes it is the bowel problems causing tailbone symptoms, and sometimes it is the reverse where the coccyx problems are causing difficulties with the bowels. Let’s address these 2 categories separately below.

Bowel problems can […]

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 […]

Scar Tissue after Coccygectomy (Tailbone Removal Surgery)

Essentially all surgery results in some scar tissue at the surgical site. Not all scar tissue needs to be treated. If the scar tissue is not causing any symptoms or problems, sometimes it’s best to just ignore it. However, scar tissue can sometimes be painful or cause irritation of nerves, muscles, and tendons in […]

Do you want your tailbone after it is surgically removed?

Tailbone pain (also called coccyx pain, or coccydynia) sometimes requires surgical treatment. Surgery to remove the coccyx is called coccygectomy.

Fortunately, the vast majority of people with tailbone pain respond well to non-surgical treatment, such as the use of cushions, medications by mouth, and coccyx injections.

For those uncommon cases where the tailbone needs to […]

Why not just remove the tailbone in all people with tailbone pain?

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 […]

Pelvic Floor Prolapse (Sagging) after Coccygectomy

At the time of surgery to remove the coccyx (coccygectomy), it is somewhat variable what the surgeon does. Sometimes the tailbone is partially removed, sometimes completely removed. Surgeons differ in their opinions as to how important it is or isn’t to try to re-attach the pelvic floor tendons that were previously attached to the […]

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