At Precision Chiropractic and Massage Center we treat a diverse group of cases. Some individuals reach our office because they are experiencing a specific condition related to their musculoskeletal system. Many others receive chiropractic care because it helps with their overall health and wellness.
Frequently, I see clients that experience tailbone pain, also referred to as coccyx pain or coccydynia. This can be a painful and debilitating condition in which the individual will experience pain and tenderness at the end of the tailbone in between the buttocks. It often gets worse with extended periods of sitting. The pain can be so severe that people cannot sit for any period and must limit other types of activity or exercise.
I hate to meet new clients that cannot complete the activities they desire due to pain. At Precision Chiropractic, we treat tailbone pain very effectively. The first step is to identify the source of the pain. Many times, tailbone pain can be referred from different areas of the spine. My goal with any individual is to identify structural shifts in their bones. A structural shift is a bone that has misaligned or moved out of place. When a bone moves out of place, it puts pressure on adjacent nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Often it limits range of motion and causes pain or changes in sensation.
I complete a thorough initial exam to identify any areas of the spine that have completed a structural shift. In these cases, we do not focus solely on the tailbone, but also analyze the pelvis, hips and lumbar spine. Frequently tailbone pain is associated with muscles that are too weak or too tense. During our initial exam, muscles are identified that are too weak or too tight. Often, our massage therapists will help to release areas of muscle tension. In many cases, we offer stretches and strengthening routines that can help assist our clients at home as well.
Conservative care is always the first step when treating tailbone pain. It is very uncommon for this condition to require surgery. Medical Doctors may recommend pain injections, muscles relaxers or pain killers to help relieve the patient’s symptoms. In these cases, I want to correct the root cause of the problem and reduce the individual’s symptoms with conservative care. With the appropriate chiropractic care, exercise and massage therapy, typically more invasive approaches are not necessary.
Tailbone pain commonly occurs after significant falls on the buttocks, pregnancy, or extended periods of sittings. If you have been experiencing any of these symptoms and would like to speak with me in more detail, do not hesitate to schedule a complimentary consultation. A consultation is only a conversation and never a commitment.
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