How Do You Relieve Coccyx Pain?

How Do You Relieve Coccyx Pain?

To relieve coccyx pain, apply hot and cold packs to the area, avoid sitting for prolonged periods, sit on a custom pillow, and take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, advises Spine-health. If pain persists, a doctor may inject numbing agents. Spinal manipulation and stretching may also help.

Coccyx pain usually resolves on its own within several weeks or months, according to Mayo Clinic. If long-term discomfort continues, a doctor may perform a rectal exam to determine if a fracture, tumor or degenerative change is responsible for the pain. If another condition is causing the pain, treating that condition may alleviate the discomfort.

For persistent coccyx pain, doctors sometimes inject a local anesthetic to relieve pain, states Mayo Clinic. Doctors may also prescribe antidepressant or anti-epileptic medications to help alleviate the pain, or refer patients to a physical therapist, who can teach deep breathing techniques that relax the pelvic floor.

A chiropractor, physical therapist or physiatrist can teach various stretches to alleviate pain in the coccyx, advises Spine-health. A chiropractor can also manipulate the spine to relieve discomfort.

Surgery is the treatment of last resort, according to Mayo Clinic. It involves surgical removal of the coccyx, a procedure known as a coccygectomy.