What it is, how it manifests, and can physical therapy can help.
The coccyx, also known as the tailbone, is the small triangular bone at the very end of the spine. Often times a fall directly onto your bottom will cause this area to become very painful. Initially it may be nearly impossible to sit due to the pain, but can slowly improve over time.
If the pain is not improving over time, seeing a pelvic health physical therapy can greatly improve outcomes. It is common for pregnancy to bring about the return of tailbone pain when there has been a fall on the tailbone in the past, even if the symptoms had fully resolved since the injury. This is because of the hormonal changes during pregnancy impacting the joints and muscles of the pelvis. The pelvic floor muscles attach directly to the coccyx and can often be the driver of the pain, not the tailbone itself. A pelvic physical therapist is able to thoroughly assess this area and provide very specific treatment to the coccyx and surrounding tissues to alleviate the pain.
Mendwell is a Pelvic Health Physical Therapy clinic serving patients in Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Tigard. Our team of specialists are passionate about helping patients improve pelvic function, relieve pain, and get back to feeling their best. Reach out to learn how we can help.