What is Coccydynia?

Coccydynia refers to the medical term for pain and discomfort in the coccyx, which is the tailbone located at the base of the spine. This condition can be quite debilitating, causing significant pain and affecting one’s quality of life. While the exact cause of coccydynia may vary from person to person, several factors can contribute to its development.

One of the primary causes of coccydynia is direct trauma or injury to the tailbone area. This can occur due to falls, sports-related injuries,  or prolonged sitting on hard surfaces. The trauma can lead to inflammation, bruising, or even a fracture of the coccyx, resulting in persistent pain and tenderness.

In some cases, coccydynia can arise without any apparent injury or trauma. This is known as idiopathic coccydynia, where the exact cause is unknown. However, it is believed that factors such as poor posture, repetitive strain, overactive pelvic floor and abnormal coccyx mobility may contribute to the development of pain in these cases.

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Causes of Coccydynia

One of the primary causes of coccydynia is direct trauma or injury to the tailbone area. This can occur due to falls, sports-related injuries,  or prolonged sitting on hard surfaces. The trauma can lead to inflammation, bruising, or even a fracture of the coccyx, resulting in persistent pain and tenderness.

In some cases, coccydynia can arise without any apparent injury or trauma. This is known as idiopathic coccydynia, where the exact cause is unknown. However, it is believed that factors such as poor posture, repetitive strain, overactive pelvic floor and abnormal coccyx mobility may contribute to the development of pain in these cases.

Common Symptoms of Coccydynia

The most prevalent symptom is localised pain and tenderness in the tailbone region, which can worsen with activities like sitting, standing up from a seated position, or leaning backward, sexual intercourse and masturbation can also exacerbate symptoms. 

The pain may radiate to the lower back, buttocks, and even down the legs in some cases. Individuals with coccydynia often find it uncomfortable to sit for extended periods, making daily activities and work challenging.

Focus Shockwave for Coccydynia

At Aubergine Physio, we offer a specialised treatment approach that can help alleviate the symptoms of coccydynia: focus shockwave therapy. This non-invasive and highly effective treatment modality involves the use of acoustic waves to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes.

During a focus shockwave therapy session, our experienced physiotherapists will apply targeted shockwaves to the affected area, promoting increased blood circulation and the release of growth factors. This leads to tissue regeneration, reduced inflammation, and pain relief. The treatment is entirely safe and typically well-tolerated, with minimal discomfort during the session.

Focus shockwave therapy for coccydynia has several advantages. Firstly, it offers a non-surgical and drug-free alternative for pain management. This is particularly beneficial for individuals seeking natural treatment options or those who may not be suitable candidates for surgery or prolonged medication use.

Secondly, focus shockwave therapy provides long-lasting results. While the number of sessions required may vary depending on the severity of the condition, many patients experience significant pain reduction and improved functionality after just a few sessions. The therapy’s effects can continue to improve over time as the body continues to heal and regenerate.

Physiotherapy for Coccydynia

Lastly, our skilled physiotherapists will develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This may include a combination of focus shockwave therapy, manual therapy techniques, pelvic floor exercises, stretches and strengthening, plus ergonomic advice to optimise your recovery and prevent future episodes of coccydynia.

At Aubergine Physio, we understand the impact coccydynia can have on your daily life, and we are here to help. Our focus shockwave therapy, combined with our holistic approach to physiotherapy, aims to provide you with effective pain relief and long-term management strategies. Don’t let coccydynia hinder your wellbeing any longer – schedule a Free Discovery Call with us today and take the first step towards a pain-free life.

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