Coccyx (tailbone) pain, coccydynia, can make it difficult to sit, which can ffect your quality of life. Pain in the tailbone is caused by trauma to the area, typically from falling and landing on the buttocks. The pain can feel excruciating and unbearable at times. Managing the pain is a slow process, but with a little care the pain can be managed so that the body can heal itself and you can get back to normal.
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Avoid sitting for long periods of time to help ease the pain. Whenever possible, lie down to take pressure off the coccyx area. Use a pillow to sit on when necessary to help cushion the area and relieve pressure.
Take anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen to help reduce inflammation and pain, following the instruction on bottle. These medications can be found at any chemist; ask your pharmacist for help in selecting a brand. If something stronger is needed, speak with your doctor about prescription pain medications.
Use ice to reduce swelling to the coccyx. When using ice, use it for 15 minutes with at least a half-hour off, four to six times per day. Be careful not to ice more then what is recommended, as it can cause frostbite.
Relieve pain by using a hot tub, whirlpool or a moist heating pad. Use heat for 15 minutes, with at least an hour off, four to six times per day. Be careful to not heat more then what is recommended, as it can cause swelling and inflammation.
Talk with a chiropractor about treatments options. Possible options are spinal manipulation, massage, stretching exercises, ultrasound, or electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). Chiropractors will typically take X-rays in order to determine the best course of treatment and can be found in your local area.
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- It is always best to talk to your doctor about your injury and course of treatment before doing anything
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