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Tailbone (Coccyx) Injury (cont.)

Tailbone Pain Treatment

In addition to home care, a health-care professional may be able to provide further relief of pain with other medical, and rarely, surgical interventions.

  • In select cases, a health-care provider may prescribe narcotic pain medication for severe coccyx pain not relieved with over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Stool softeners may be prescribed to prevent constipation.
  • Injections of local anesthetics or corticosteroids into the coccyx area may be performed in cases of continued coccyx pain that do not respond to other conservative treatment measures.
  • Physical therapy may be recommended and helpful for some individuals.
  • Rarely, in very select cases, the coccyx may be surgically removed (coccygectomy). However, surgical risks such as infection and poor wound healing need to be considered, and in some cases, removal of the coccyx does not provide the expected long-term pain relief.

Follow-up

Follow-up is recommended at the discretion of the patient's health-care provider. Continued medical management depends on the severity of the pain, the underlying cause of the pain, and the progress the patient is making with medical treatment.

  • Most people do not require follow-up if their coccyx pain is improving with medical treatment.
  • People with chronic coccyx pain, for whom medical therapy has not worked, may require more frequent follow-up evaluations and may be referred to other medical or surgical specialists.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/12/2015

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