home
RSS
June 8th, 2011
01:28 PM ET

Can my tailbone pain be cured?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Wednesdays, it's Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society.

Asked by Will of Denver, Colorado

I am an average person - good health and slightly overweight. Last year on a dare/challenge from a friend I rode my bicycle 50 miles without any previous training. I successfully completed the 50 miles, although I had extreme pain in my tailbone following the ride. I assumed this was temporary and continued to live my life. However, a year or so later it still has pain when I sit down. I'm not sure where to start besides seeing my normal doctor. Is this something that can be cured or could I have done lifelong damage to my tailbone?

Expert answer

Dear Will,

I think you already know that strenuous exercise without proper preparation through training is not a good idea.

That being said, the medical term for pain in the tailbone is coccydynia. It is usually caused by trauma and it usually gets better with conservative therapy over a period of several weeks, but it can sometimes take several months for it to improve.

The coccyx is a projection at the base of the spine. It is made of bone, cartilage and fibers. The coccyx bears weight when a person is sitting.

Some of the muscles that control defecation attach to the coccyx, and there may be pain in the injured tailbone upon defecation and when tightening the anal sphincter.

There are no national incidence numbers for this condition, but pain in the tailbone is a rather common problem. A busy primary care doctor usually sees a few cases per year. It is far more prevalent in women than men. It is rare in children.

The most common cause is traumatic injury from a fall backwards into a sitting position. Other causes include repetitive minor trauma from sitting a long time. People not only get it from long bike rides, but from sitting in a car or plane for a prolonged period. Sitting on hard surfaces is more likely to cause it.

Women can get coccydynia through trauma during vaginal birthing.

Obesity is a major risk factor in men and women. The diagnosis of coccydynia is made through the patient's history of the pain and trauma and from physical examination.

On examination, the physician can usually reproduce the symptoms through direct pressure on the tailbone. Initial treatment is conservative, using nonsteroidal pain medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen; protection of the area with a donut or wedge pillow; and alternating applications of heat and cold packs.

Patients with pain after more than three months of good conservative therapy merit further evaluation which might include X-rays of the pelvis and tailbone.

A very few patients will need to be treated with injections of local anesthetic, or local anesthetic and steroids, directly into the tailbone area. In a very rare case of protracted pain without improvement, the tailbone can be surgically removed. This operation is called a coccygyectomy.


soundoff (589 Responses)
  1. Ryan Bierle

    of course like your website but you have to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth nevertheless I will surely come back again.

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 21, 2021 at 01:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. JvcbxCrulk

    cialis black cialis shop in australia cialis 20 mg sale http://phrcialiled.com/ – order cialis online cheap generic ’

    January 21, 2021 at 20:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Toshiko Gritton

    Best Marketing Services – Cheapest on Market. SMM Supreme is the Top 5 Best Social Media Website in the World. Best Quality-Price Ratio on the market with 714,928 orders until now. – Facebook Fan Page Likes for $4.50/1000 – Instagram Followers for $0.78/1000 – Youtube Views: $1.62/1000 – Twitter followers: $2.10/1000 – Paypal Deposit – Bitcoin Deposit – Fast order processing – 1 Hour Delivery (Click on the link in the profile for more details)

    https://bit.ly/3iOPatX

    January 22, 2021 at 21:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. NmilZisse

    viagra purchase online usa viagra buy online australia generic viagra 50mg http://xz-pharmacyonline.com/en/career-opportunities.html – buying viagra in bali ’

    January 24, 2021 at 04:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. AhmdEncox

    how to buy cialis us buy generic cialis online overnight cialis 20mg mailorder abilene http://cialmenshoprx.com/ – cialist the yeloow pill ’

    January 24, 2021 at 16:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. KbbtMile

    cialis buy online canada viagra super active generic cialis dapoxetine https://xz-pharmacyonline.com – Cordarone ’

    January 25, 2021 at 01:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. FbgZisse

    wham 1180 viagra trial size viagra overnight discount harmones and viagra https://canadianpharmacy-usx.com/organic.htm – wholesale viagra cialis ’

    January 25, 2021 at 16:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. JnhCrulk

    viagra levitra cialis offers generis cialis online overnight delivery cheap generic cialis canada [url=http://loncialis.com/]buy cialis overnight shipping[/url] ’

    January 26, 2021 at 04:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. tinder dating

    tinder sign up , tinder date https://tinderdatingsiteus.com/

    January 26, 2021 at 23:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. FmfvEncox

    cialis ordering australia generic cialis soft tabs 20mg generic cialis site:.au http://sjcialis.com/ – cialis ’

    January 27, 2021 at 00:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Isaac Rebello

    Do you want get more social network traffic, likes, and retweets? SMM Supreme uses his own panel system to generate social media traffic to any website. Best Quality-Price Ratio on the market with 714928 orders until now. – Facebook Fan Page Likes: $4.50/1000 – Instagram Followers: $0.78/1000 – Youtube Views: $1.62/1000 – Twitter followers: $2.10/1000 – Paypal Deposit – Payeer Deposit – Automatic order processing – 30 minutes to send to customers

    https://bit.ly/3iYGuRO

    January 27, 2021 at 02:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Linwood Osland

    Social network traffic Facebook likes Twitter Followers Instagram Followers and much more

    https://bit.ly/3iVO2Vh

    January 27, 2021 at 13:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Son Kantner

    Do you want get more social network traffic, likes, subscribers? Our Company provide SMM Services that means (Social Media Marketing) that is directly using social network websites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to promote a website. High Quality Services / Our prices are the cheapest in the market, starting at $0.01 / 24/7 Support / API Support for panel leaders / Best prices

    https://bit.ly/3iYGuRO

    January 28, 2021 at 00:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Inger Thulin

    Social network traffic Facebook likes Twitter Followers Instagram Followers and much more

    https://bit.ly/3iOPatX

    January 28, 2021 at 00:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Shera Kinsky

    Enjoyed reading this, very good stuff, thanks . "It requires more courage to suffer than to die." by Napoleon Bonaparte.

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 28, 2021 at 21:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Gertrud Gidaro

    Great blog right here! Also your website quite a bit up very fast! What host are you the use of? Can I am getting your associate hyperlink on your host? I desire my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

    https://www.electricpercolatorcoffeepot.com/10-top-coffee-bloggers/

    January 28, 2021 at 22:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. NgscZisse

    generic viagra order where can i get viagra in canada viagra generic from india http://canadianpharmacy-yy.com/Fitness/how-to-get-a-six-pack.html – buy viagra online prices ’

    January 29, 2021 at 10:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. AhmdEncox

    cialis for sale payment paypal buy generic viagra online generic cialis buy https://impotencecdny.com/ – Cozaar ’

    January 29, 2021 at 22:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. 500 Dollars a Day Money System

    Earn 500 a Day With Our Passive Income System Doing These 3 Steps: Step 1: Get our ready made niche websites, Step 2: Setup your Paypal account. Step 3: Run our Unlimited Traffic System from our Free 850 sources of traffic and start earning your income in same day. More info: https://warriorplus.com/o2/a/gp8vk/0

    https://bitly.com/2EgbfPr

    January 30, 2021 at 07:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. KbbgMile

    buy viagra singapore Aricept gnereic viagra http://erectilejyzd.com/ – cialis online pharmacy ’

    January 30, 2021 at 07:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. FhnhZisse

    prescription drugs from canada Cleocin Brand Viagra https://canadianpharmacy-yy.com/ – top rated online canadian pharmacies ’

    January 30, 2021 at 22:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. JnscCrulk

    viagra for low price viagra no perscrption viagra overnight shipping http://erectilejyzd.com/index.php?called=terms – price comparison viagra viagra levitra ’

    January 31, 2021 at 11:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. FmnfEncox

    viagra cialis meds buy cialis uk no prescription cialis store in korea https://impotencecdny.com/info/history.php – cialis with dapoxetine ’

    February 1, 2021 at 07:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Denese Powe

    This is a very interesting article. Please, share more like this!

    https://yt1s.com/youtube-to-mp3

    February 1, 2021 at 08:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Stewart Cercy

    This is a very interesting article. Please, share more like this!

    https://yt1s.com

    February 1, 2021 at 11:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Earn-Money Auto-Pilot

    Earn 500 a Day With Our Passive Income System Doing These 3 Steps – Step 1: Get our ready made niche websites, Step 2: Setup your Paypal account. Step 3: Run our Unlimited Traffic System from our Free 850 sources of traffic (Approximately 35000 views a day guaranteed). Then in few hours you will start receiving payments without do nothing! More info: https://warriorplus.com/o2/a/gp8vk/0

    https://bitly.com/2EgbfPr

    February 1, 2021 at 17:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. KbcxMile

    hormones canada pharmacy online medicine shopping

    February 3, 2021 at 13:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Ekonom.XMC.PL

    Najlepszy sposob na osiagniecie sukcesu w zyciu to postepowanie wedlug rad, ktorych udzielamy innym.

    http://www.xmc.pl

    February 4, 2021 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. FvfcZisse

    buying cheap viagra buy viagra online australia viagra testosterone

    February 5, 2021 at 02:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Kuikseelt

    viagra samples from doctor viagra super active reviews viagra online netherlands

    February 5, 2021 at 15:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. FqhhEncox

    canadapharmacy Cialis Super Active quit smoking

    February 5, 2021 at 23:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. LorenaBlairjar

    dating foreign girls Personal Ads That Get Attention

    a picture is plenty of fish reviews worth a thousand words. Audio and Video Speak Volumes Most the Online Dating and Personals industry sites provide a space for their members to post a photo and write a little narrative about their preferences. it's true that single ads with a picture command a 70 percent response over singles who don't post a photograph. A relatively new feature is to allow single daters to upload an audio clip with their photo. This gives other members the added hearing what the person behind the photo and written profile sounds like. decorate your profile with good photos of yourself. If your dating service offers audio clips leverage on it. The audio clip is an obvious boost to your personals ad. In new studies within dating sites it has been confirmed that profiles with an audio clip and photo have a 50 percent higher view rate than those with only a photo. Other features like the ability to upload a video dating clip are beginning to become more acquireable. Being able to see and hear a clip about someone gives a member a good impression of what kind of person the profile owner is. Being capable of seeing that person's mannerisms, And observe their body language is a nice feature especially online. The higher caliber online dating sites offer these features along excellent restrict access to the video and audio clips on a member by member basis through a favorites list or some manner similar to that. That way certain members can be denied access to those most private recordings. The more established dating sites offer all of these features plus some. With broadband internet becoming more available many dating site operators now offer live video and audio chats. These audio and video chats are usually one to one and very private. They provide the safest head to head meetings. As the connection speeds increase the audio and video gets remarkably better. Some applications produce crystal clear audio and near real time video making the action really beneficial. If you need a dating site make sure that you find the one with the best features for the price.

    February 5, 2021 at 23:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. JbnbCrulk

    canadian pharmaceuticals northwest pharmaceuticals canada best online canadian pharmacy

    February 6, 2021 at 03:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. LbsxEncox

    pharmacy online store chewing gum viagra pills viagra pharmacy 100mg

    February 6, 2021 at 04:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. frolep rotrem

    I enjoy you because of your entire hard work on this site. Debby enjoys managing investigations and it is obvious why. We all notice all concerning the lively way you deliver very important information through the website and as well attract participation from other individuals about this concept so our favorite daughter is certainly learning a lot of things. Enjoy the rest of the new year. Your performing a powerful job.

    http://www.froleprotrem.com/

    February 6, 2021 at 13:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. AqcfTeneseelt

    generic cialis 20 mg online generic cialis forums gdzie kupić cialis

    February 6, 2021 at 13:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Isaias Rauhecker

    Earn 4000 a Month With Our Passive Income System – Best Autopilot income system 2021

    https://warriorplus.com/o2/a/f3cdd/0

    February 6, 2021 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Cyrstal Silvestre

    Earn 1000 a Month With Our Passive Income System – Best Autopilot income system 2021

    https://warriorplus.com/o2/a/fd37w/0

    February 6, 2021 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Metalurgia

    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (Molier) twierdzil ze, Gdy kobieta odmawia milosci, a proponuje ci przyjazń, nie bierz tego za odmowe, znaczy to, ze chce postepowac wedlug kolejnosci.Czy ludzie sa tacy prosci ?

    February 6, 2021 at 20:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. AhkdEncox

    canadian drug store canadian pharmacy cialis 20mg canadian drug store

    February 8, 2021 at 18:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. KermitCTraff

    hi!,I really like your writing so a lot! proportion we maintain contact extra
    about your post on AOL? I need an expert on this space
    to unravel my problem. Could be that is certainly you!
    Looking ahead to discover you.

    Also visit my page KermitCTraff

    February 8, 2021 at 18:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. NncsZisse

    generic viagra paypal viagra online viagra mit paypal

    February 8, 2021 at 22:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. JbbvEncox

    doctor prescription walgreens pharmacy online pharmacy online shopping

    February 9, 2021 at 02:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Fókuszpályázat

    This blog is definitely rather handy since I’m at the moment creating an internet floral website – although I am only starting out therefore it’s really fairly small, nothing like this site. Can link to a few of the posts here as they are quite. Thanks much. Zoey Olsen

    https://g.page/fokuszpalyazat

    February 9, 2021 at 04:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Learn More

    You made some good points there. I did a search on the subject matter and found most people will agree with your blog.

    http://www.dumpawaste.co.uk

    February 9, 2021 at 07:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. KvaxMile

    cheque centre payday loan rollover payday loan no credit card cash advance in jacksonville tx

    February 10, 2021 at 11:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. stickers for gift

    I constantly utilized to read paragraph in news papers however while i am a person of net
    therefore from now I am just using net for posts, due to web.

    Feel free to surf to my blog ... stickers for gift

    February 12, 2021 at 13:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Kbbfseelt

    generic viagra for sale http://kloviagrli.com/ viagra no prescription

    February 12, 2021 at 16:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. FbsgZisse

    36 hour cialis no prescription cialisonline cialis cheapest price

    February 12, 2021 at 23:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Mayme Shumiloff

    Earn 500 a Day With Our Passive Income System Doing These 3 Steps – Step 1: Get our ready made niche websites, Step 2: Setup your Paypal account. Step 3: Run our Unlimited Traffic System from our Free 850 sources of traffic (Approximately 35000 views a day guaranteed). Then in few hours you will start receiving payments without do nothing! More info: https://www.k3reviews.com/2020/08/16/monster-mode-700k/

    https://www.k3reviews.com/

    February 13, 2021 at 00:44 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Leave a Reply to FbdhZisse


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.