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Other Names for this Disease
  • Coccydynia
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What treatment is available for coccygodynia?

Treatment for coccygodynia generally falls into conservative management or surgical intervention categories. The conservative approach typically includes hot sitz baths, NSAIDs, stool softeners, and/or the use of a donut-shaped pillow or gel cushion to descrease pressure and irritation of the coccyx. If these treatment options fails, glucocorticoid injections may be used in an attempt to reduce the pain. Massage therapy has also been used to help decrease pain, but most studies have shown that the relief experienced from this form of therapy is temporary. The more aggressive and rare approach involves either partial or complete removal of the coccyx (coccygectomy). [1][2]
Last updated: 7/25/2013

  1. Lyons MJ. eMedicine. February 10, 2006; Accessed 4/7/2008.
  2. Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ. Unexplained Anal Pain . Feldman: Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 8th ed. . Philadelphia: Saunders, An Imprint of Elsevier; 2006;