Tailbone (Coccyx) Injury (cont.)
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What Symptoms and Signs May Accompany Tailbone Pain?
The symptoms of tailbone pain are typically exacerbated by actions that exert pressure or directly contact the coccyx. The pain is usually relieved by removing pressure off the coccyx, such as occurs when standing or walking.
When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Tailbone Pain?
If someone has symptoms of coccyx pain or unexplained discomfort in the coccyx area, contact a health-care professional. A physician may need to examine the patient to determine the underlying cause of the coccyx pain and to exclude any potentially serious conditions which can lead to tailbone pain. Furthermore, if there is a traumatic injury to the coccyx, imaging studies sometimes may need to be performed.
What Specialists Treat Tailbone Pain?
The vast majority of cases of tailbone pain can be managed by a primary-care physician, such as a family physician or internist. In the rare case of surgical intervention, a spine surgeon will be consulted. For those individuals who suffer from chronic, refractory coccyx pain, a physician who specializes in pain management may also be involved.
What Tests Do Health-Care Professionals Use to Diagnose Tailbone Pain?
The cause of coccyx pain is largely determined based on a thorough medical history and a physical examination by a health-care professional. He or she will inquire about recent injuries to that area as well as any factors that make the pain better and worse. Occasionally, X-rays or other imaging studies of the coccyx may be performed.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017
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