What is Coccygodynia?
Coccygodynia or coccydynia (tailbone pain) is identified by pain with pressure or movement of the tailbone (coccyx). This may be due to a fracture or bruising of the tailbone, disc disease within the spine, or thinning of the bone itself. X-rays may help to evaluate fractured or weakened bone.
How is Coccygodynia Treated?
Injection of anesthetics or anti-inflammatory medications may provide pain relief. Manipulation of the tailbone in the office or under anesthesia may improve the symptoms in certain patients. Cases that do not respond to non-operative management may require removal of the tailbone. The exact causes of levator syndrome are not known, but it is largely attributed to spasm or inflammation in the muscles of the pelvic floor (levators).