Coccyx Wedge Cushions for Tailbone Pain, Coccyx pain.

Coccyx Wedge Cushions for Tailbone Pain, Coccyx pain.
  • For most people with coccydynia (coccyx pain, tailbone pain), the best cushions to use are “wedge cushions”.
  • These are usually better than donut cushions (doughnut cushions).
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  • Hi. I’m Dr. Patrick Foye.
  • I’m an M.D. or medical doctor and I’m the Director of the Coccyx Pain Center or Tailbone Pain Center,  online at
  • And in this short video I’m just going to talk a couple of minutes about different types of cushions that people use for tailbone pain.
  • So there’s lots of different cushions that are available.
  • I’ve done an earlier video on this as well.
  • But in this one I’m just going to kind of update to show a couple of different types of wedge cushions.
  • So unlike doughnut cushions, which have a hole in the middle, those are typically not so great for most people with tailbone pain.
  • Most people do better with what’s called a wedge cushion, where it has a cutout in the back.
  • The idea that the cutout in the back is that the tailbone sort of hovers over that cutout, so that the tail bone does not make contact with a chair that you’re sitting on.
  • so if this is the cushion here, I’ll set it up here so that the cushion is closest to you the viewer, and if this was somebody who’s sitting facing that way, they’re basically sitting like this, so that you can see that the tailbone, or coccyx, is kind of hovering over the hole here so that it doesn’t make contact with the chair and then the person doesn’t have as much pain.
  • So it’s called a wedge cushion because it has that cutout or wedge.
  • Sometimes it’s triangle-shaped or u-shaped like this.
  • It also has a wedge because you can see from the side from the side view it has kind of a slope to it and what that slope does is that while you’re sitting it keeps you into a little bit of forward flexion, which also brings the tailbone forward so it’s not leaning back which is typically would be worse for the tailbone.
  • So that’s a typical wedge cushion.
  • A lot of times it will have a handle like this to make it relatively convenient for you to just carry along.
  • So that’s a wedge cushion… example number one. That one happens to be Car Cush.
  • This is a different one here.
  • This one is an Adiona and this one is actually a memory foam cushion because one of the problems sometimes with the cushions is that sometimes when you get them they seem fine, but then they if they’re not firm…
  • If they’re too firm then they’re going to cause other problems and pain at the areas that are taking pressure.
  • But if they’re too soft or if the sort of the firmness fades over time then it flattens out.
  • This one is still relatively new but sometimes they may flatten out and then it gets too thin and then it’s not lifting the tailbone up and then it’s not it’s not really working or performing doing its function.
  • So then what can be done is instead to use a memory foam cushion or a cushion that’s more firm.
  • This one happens to be a memory foam cushion.
  • Again you can see that it has that wedge shape or cutout and the idea there is that again that that the you know coccyx or tailbone sort of hovers over the area where the hole is so that your other sit bones which are basically (let me see if I can get the angle looking okay) your sit bones here (your ischial bones) are bearing the weight when you’re sitting down but not bearing the weight at the coccyx.
  • So this is another example of a wedge cushion.
  • Again this one has a handle is just on the side so again makes it convenient to hold and carry.
  • And this one in addition to the cutout here you can see that there is if you look here there’s a little bit of a bump up in the front so that can provide some additional support in the front.
  • So that can be helpful for some patients as well.
  • Other patients may actually want there to be not even a flat surface there in the front which would be something more like this.
  • So here you can see now that this is giving you space to sit on both sides, so basically you’d be kind of straddling these two areas.
  • How far you apart you want them you can adjust because this is Velcro and basically when you use that Velcro you can move these a little bit closer if you’re somebody who has a narrower pelvis or you can move them a little farther apart if you have a wider pelvis.
  • And this particular cushion I would say is not necessary for the majority of patients with tailbone pain.
  • However if you’re someone who has tailbone pain so you don’t want the pressure at the back at where your tailbone is but you also don’t want any pressure up in the front (let’s say if you’re a male patient and you’re having pain at the scrotum or testicular area or if you have perineal pain [which is kind of that area from the anus up front to the external genitalia in males or females] if that area is painful and sensitive, or if you’re a female patient who has pain in the external genitalia that’s worse with pressure in that area) then a cushion like this may be helpful because it takes the pressure off of that area as well.
  • Again this is I would say it’s less than five percent of my patients with tailbone pain that would need or want a cushion like this.
  • But for that subgroup this can be very very helpful.
  • This one happens to be… let me find the name for you… (and again has a as a handle) and this one is called “Cushion Your Assets” so “Cushion Your Assets” (if that’ll focus there).
  • And the thing about this it actually has two handles because you can actually fold it up like this and it almost looks like a small purse or reminds me kind of a the old fashioned doctor’s bag.
  • So that’s an option as well.
  • But again not for the majority of patients most people would do fine or better with a regular standard cut out in the back only you know where you have the coccyx there.
  • So anyway… All right so that is so that’s the scoop in terms of a couple of different types of wedge cushions specifically used for people with tailbone pain.
  • I hope that information is helpful for you.
  • You can get more information on tailbone pain at my website

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