Tailbone (Coccyx) Injury (cont.)
Follow-up for Tailbone Pain (Coccydynia)
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.
Is It Possible to Prevent Tailbone Pain?
- Most coccyx injuries are accidental (such as a slip on ice) and therefore cannot be entirely avoided.
- Wear proper protective padding when participating in contact sports, which can potentially prevent some coccyx injuries.
What Is the Prognosis of Tailbone Pain?
Most cases of coccyx pain due to injury improve within several weeks with proper medical management and self-care at home. However, the prognosis for coccyx pain ultimately depends on many factors:
- The underlying cause of the coccyx pain (whether from trauma, tumor, or infection)
- If traumatic, the severity of the injury (a bruise, fracture, or dislocation)
- The patient's ability to comply with medical treatment
- The patient's underlying general health and natural ability to recuperate and heal
- A few people suffer from chronic coccyx discomfort despite proper medical treatment. This can be an extremely frustrating and debilitating problem.
Lirette, L.S., G. Chaiban, R. Tolba, and H. Eissa. "Coccydynia: An Overview of the Anatomy, Etiology, and Treatment of Coccyx Pain." Ochsner J 14.1 Spring 2014: 84-87.
Nathan, S.T., B.E. Fisher, and C.S. Roberts. "Coccydynia: a review of pathoanatomy, aetiology, treatment and outcome." J Bone Joint Surg Br 92 (2010):1622.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/23/2016
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