Tailbone News

Tailbone – Coccyx Topics in the News
News articles related to the Tailbone (coccyx) will be posted on this page of the website here at www.Tailbone.info and www.TailboneDoctor.com.

This page will try to keep you up-to-date on a variety of Tailbone-related topics in the news. We will include news articles that we come across that we think would be of interest to you.

Sample News Topics that this page will post about, when we find them in Newspapers, Magazines or online News:

  • Tailbone fractures (fractured coccyx, “broken tailbone”, chipped tailbone, “cracked tailbone”)
  • Tailbone dislocations (dislocated coccyx)
  • Tailbone sprains (sprained coccyx)
  • Tailbone injuries from pregnancy (coccyx injuries while pregnant or from childbirth, labor and delivery)
  • Tailbone injuries from sports (skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, roller skating, football, basketball, etc.).
  • Other tailbone injuries (other types of injury to the coccyx, injured tailbones, trauma to coccygeal bones, bruised coccyx)
  • Famous people who get tailbone injuries if covered in the news (e.g., athletes, celebrities, etc.)
  • Other tailbone topics that make it into newspapers or onlin NEWS.
  • Check back often: we will be updating this page soon.

“Oh my aching … and aching … back: Chronic back pain increases as people age”
By Wendy J. Meyeroff,
THE ERICKSON TRIBUNE (which is read by more than 6 million people every month)
Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2007
This news article covers Tailbone (coccyx) pain as people get older.
It includes an interview with Dr. Foye.

  • “Your coccyx, or tailbone, is one of the most serious and challenging sources of back pain in older adults,” says Patrick Foye, M.D., director of the coccyx pain service, (www.tailbone.info) at New Jersey Medical School in Newark. “The tailbone is actually a series of bones at the base of your spine. As people age, these bones can fuse, fracture, dislocate, or develop arthritis. Sitting becomes intensely painful. But for years doctors could only offer two options: ‘grin and bear it’ or undergo a very radical surgery removing the tailbone.”
  • Foye is teaching a new treatment—an injection— for tailbone pain. “If the cause is inflammation near the tailbone, sometimes we inject steroids. But more often I inject a local anesthetic,” he says.
  • “At the tailbone, a local anesthetic injection can decrease the irritability of a major nerve network (the ganglion impar), often bringing years of relief,” Foye says. “We might bring your tailbone pain down from a 10 to a 4 initially, and often even better after a couple of injections. (Results vary with each individual.) We have had people say that now, after the proper injections, they can sit for a 45-minute drive to go visit their grandkids,” he adds.
  • Click here to read the full news article on Tailbone (coccyx) pain as people get older.

Low back pain enters evolving treatment matrix
By: Andria Segedy
September 2007

About the magazine: BioMechanics is a monthly newsmagazine dedicated to total body movement and medicine. Biomechanics reaches 36,000 sports medicine and body movement specialists in orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, clinical athletic training, O&P, podiatry, pedorthics, physiatry, rehab and occupational therapy.

This particular magazine article covers modern treatments for low back pain and tailbone pain (coccyx pain).

It includes an interview with Dr. Foye.

  • BioMechanics: In the next five years, what is on the horizon for treating patients with low back pain?
  • Foye: Over the next few years an understanding of the causes of and treatments for pain in the lowest part of the low back-the coccyx or tailbone-will increase. Many patients with this type of pain, unfortunately, have been incorrectly told that the pain is all in their head. Often, the problem is that the physicians fail to obtain the proper diagnostic tests. Coccyx x-rays using coned-down views can minimize the challenging exposure (washout) problems that would otherwise occur if the films included the lumbar spine and pelvis. X-rays performed while the patient is seated allow biomechanical assessment for dynamic instability; coccyx dislocations are seen only if the x-rays are performed while weight-bearing (sitting). As these imaging procedures are increasingly used, physicians are finding the pathology that explains the tailbone pain their patients have endured for years. Only after making an accurate diagnosis can appropriate treatment options be considered.
  • BioMechanics: What new treatments are emerging and why?
  • Foye: Emerging treatments for coccydynia have included newer, safer, and easier techniques for performing nerve blocks at the coccyx. It now appears that some component of coccyx pain is often mediated through the sympathetic nervous system, which can be treated by blocking nerves within the ganglion impar. Injecting local anesthetics (without steroids) can frequently give substantial sustained relief of tailbone pain and can occasionally provide a complete and sustained cure. I published two new techniques for impar injections in 2006 and 2007.
  • Many patients with tailbone pain used to be told that their only options were to either continue suffering for years or have their entire tailbone surgically removed, a drastic procedure that can cause biomechanical complications. Now rehabilitation physicians and other pain management experts are learning that particular nerve blocks can relieve coccyx pain without surgery, preserving the tailbone’s biomechanical functions. Coccyx injections that are performed blindly (without fluoroscopic guidance) are becoming increasingly less common, as they are considered less precise and are presumably less effective and safe.
  • BioMechanics: Do you see the role of bracing or other modalities for back pain treatment increasing, decreasing, or staying the same?
  • Foye: One theory about why coccyx pain often becomes chronic is that there is no easy way to immobilize or rest the coccyx: no brace or cast exists that can stop coccygeal movement to allow for appropriate healing. Nor has there ever been an effective orthopedic surgical technique to immobilize the coccyx. Sitting on a cushion with a space cut out for the tailbone can be less painful than not using the cushion, but the pain and limitations often persist. Research will most likely continue to expand the treatment options for these patients.
  • Andria Segedy is a freelance writer based in Huntsville, AL.
  • Patrick Foye, MD, is the director of the Coccyx Pain Service at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark.
  • Click here to read the full news article on modern treatments for low back pain and tailbone pain (coccyx pain).

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eMedicine article on Tailbone Pain (Coccyx Pain)

Testimonials from Patients with Tailbone Pain (Coccyx Pain)

Dr. Foye’s Faculty Profile at New Jersey Medical School

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Dr. Foye’s “How to” articles on Tailbone Pain:


How to tell if you have a BROKEN TAILBONE (FRACTURED COCCYX)

How to tell if you have TAILBONE PAIN (COCCYX PAIN)


How to Pick a COCCYX CUSHION (TAILBONE CUSHION) for Coccyx Pain (Tailbone Pain)

How to know if your MRI included the TAILBONE (COCCYX MRI)



How to Decide about Tailbone Removal (Coccyx Removal Surgery, Coccygectomy) for Tailbone Pain


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