Coccydynia or tailbone pain occurs when there is an injury to the coccyx or the tissues surrounding it. The inflammation thus caused leads to pain. This usually goes away in a few weeks. But sometimes, the pain can be persistent, and that is when treatment should be sought.
The injury is usually caused due to strenuous movements. Coccyx mainly supports body weight when we sit. If the sitting posture itself is incorrect or we sit on a hard surface, the pressure on the coccyx is more. It is the same when we sit for a prolonged period. The primary treatment to ease the tailbone pain includes few stretches and exercises that help in relaxing the muscles around the coccyx. These workouts will aid in giving much flexibility to the coccyx area.
Avoiding sitting on hard surfaces and for a prolonged time are some tips to be always taken care of. When in pain, applying a cold pack or a hot pad will help the muscles relax and ease the pain. Make sure to adapt to appropriate sleeping positions. If the pain is unbearable, there are a few non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that can reduce the pain to a greater level. Naproxen, Ibuprofen, and COX-2 Inhibitors are some of the medications that can help. If the pain still prevails, seek immediate medical assistance. The doctor may suggest getting an injection.