What Is the Best Treatment for Coccyx Pain?

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The best treatments for pain associated with coccyx, also known as a tailbone injury, include taking anti-inflammatory, non-steroidal drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin and applying ice for 15 to 20 minutes four times a day to the tailbone area, according to WebMD. Alternating sitting positions can also alleviate pain.

To avoid further irritation to the tailbone area and relieve pain, the patient should avoid sitting down for long periods of time and avoid sitting on hard surfaces, according to WebMD. To minimize pain, the patient should lean forward to direct weight away from the tailbone when sitting. It may also help to sit on a doughnut pillow or cushion, which prevents the tailbone from contacting flat or hard surfaces when sitting. Since hard stools may put more strain on the tailbone, a patient coping with a tailbone injury should eat foods high in fiber to avoid constipation and soften stools.

In extreme cases when chronic pain exists from coccyx injuries, a physician may prescribe pain medication, recommend injections of local anesthetics to the tailbone area or in very rare cases may surgically remove the coccyx, according to WebMD. Recovery time depends on the patient's ability to comply with medical treatment, the severity of the injury and the body's natural ability to heal and recuperate.