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Easy Home Remedies for Relieving Tailbone Pain

Home Remedies for relieving tailbone pain
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Tailbone pain occurs in or around the bony area at the base of the spine. This section of the spine is known as the coccyx or tailbone. In medical terms Tailbone pain is known as coccydynia or coccygodynia.

Often the tailbone pain might result from coccyx injury during a fall. It can also be caused by sitting on a hard or narrow surface for an extended period of time. Other factors include arthritis and childbirth-related joint discomfort etc.


Coccydynia, often known as tailbone pain, is a condition that causes persistent pain near the base of your spine. This pain might occur as a result of physical trauma or on its own without any specified cause. In this blog we have discussed all that you need to know about your tailbone (coccyx), including the causes, symptoms, and self-aid options for tailbone pain.


The significance of your tailbone

This triangle bone at the end of your spine is normally made up of three to five fused bony segments. The bone forms a connection with the sacrum above and has limited mobility. The tail-bone's major roles are:

1. Provide attachment to various muscles and ligaments in your pelvis.

2. Support your pelvic floor.

3. Ensure voluntary bowel control.

4. Facilitate natural childbirth by pushing backward

The coccyx is extensively innervated and can be a considerable cause of pain if injured.


Tailbone pain causes and symptoms


Common causes of tailbone pain are;

  • Pregnancy and Childbirth

  • An injury or accident, such as a fall upon the coccyx

  • Repetitive or extended tension on the coccyx, such as after sitting for a long duration while driving or riding.

  • Poor posture.

  • Being obese or underweight

  • Hypermobility (increased flexibility) of the joint that connects the coccyx to the base of the spine.

Some apparent symptoms of tailbone (coccyx) discomfort include pain and tenderness at the base of the spine, specifically at the top of your bottom. It may feel numb and achy the most of the time, with occasional severe pangs. You may also have difficulty sleeping after finishing all day chores.

The pain may be worse:

  • While trying to sitting down

  • While standing up after a long sitting time

  • Bending forward

  • While passing the stool

  • During Intercourse

  • During Menstrual cycle

Tailbone pain and home remedies

When the pain is intense, we advise you to visit the doctor and get treated. Generally, they advise physiotherapy for twenty-one days or longer, painkiller pills, and, in severe cases, injections and surgery.

However, in the initial stage or occasional pains, lifestyle changes, good posture practice, and some precautionary measures can help reduce the pain, and if attention is given, one can completely manage the tailbone pain with self-care.

Most of the time tailbone pain usually heals on its own. You can manage your tailbone pain at with self-care in your continence:

  • Using coccyx cushions while sitting. Exercise ball can also give some relaxation in tailbone pain.

  • Heat and ice therapy to the painful area. Use an ice pack wrapped in a towel on the affected area for 20 to 30 minutes – you can also use a heat pack for 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Considering over-the-counter (OTC) topical and oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Zenopain gel is one such medication with sesame oil and linseed oil effects. The best thing about this gel is that it gives faster relief from joint and muscle pain without leaving staining on your cloth, has no strong smell, and is non-sticky.

  • Eating enough fiber-rich food or prebiotics and probiotics can make stools pass easily. You may also try using  a laxative to soften stool pass.

  • Reduce long sitting practices. A change of posture and walking at intervals can help in major. Maintain good posture with your lower back supported.

  • Try pelvic floor exercises and stretches that help the tailbone and lower body parts.

  • Avoid wearing  clothes that are tight around your bottom and lower back, like some types of jeans.

If these procedures do not relieve your tailbone pain, see a doctor for a more accurate diagnosis and therapy.


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