Did you know that sitting is a much more complicated process than it may seem? When you sit, there are numerous muscles, nerves, and bones at work. One of these, the coccyx or commonly known as the tailbone, is a crucial part of this process. The coccyx is a triangular bone that rests on the bottom of the spine. It is made up of three to five spinal bones, known as coccygeal vertebrae. The coccyx is a central site for a number of tendons and ligaments responsible for maintaining stability when sitting. If you begin to notice pain in this area, this is a sign that you may need chiropractic attention.
Tailbone pain has a variety of causes. Some include trauma to the coccyx during a fall, prolonged sitting on a hard or narrow surface, degenerative joint changes, and specifically in women – childbirth. Our professionals at West Texas Neck and Back are skilled at recognizing the source of the condition causing your coccygeal pain. With non-invasive and effective solutions, our experts address the root cause of your condition to alleviate symptoms while eliminating the cause for sustainable pain relief. When you experience coccygeal pain, it is crucial that you contact one of our experts to address the condition before it worsens.
Causes Of Coccygeal Pain
Pain in the coccyx will typically worsen during prolonged sitting, leaning back while seated, standing for a long period of time, or getting up from being seated. Coccygeal pain can surface as a result of trauma that can begin as an acute onset of pain. As the coccyx is a central area for ligaments, nerves, and tissues, misalignment can result in localized pain. Some causes of this type of pain include:
- Poor posture
- Being overweight
If you are suffering from coccygeal pain, conventional treatment options can include painkillers, corticosteroid injections, nerve blocks, and surgery. While these methods may attempt to alleviate your pain, treatments like corticosteroids come with a list of adverse side effects that may make you feel worse during treatment. Additionally, surgery can be costly and invasive, often requiring weeks of recovery time.
Spinal Decompression: A Non-Invasive Option
Our experts at West Texas Neck and Back understand the importance of having non-invasive, conservative options that will heal your condition and alleviate your pain. Spinal decompression offers an alternative solution to addressing coccygeal pain. It works by relieving pressure on spinal bones and allows inflammation of the chance to subside and cease pinching of the surrounding nerves. Additionally, spinal decompression does not require a long recovery period – meaning you will be back on your feet in less time!