Got A Pain In The Butt?

Why is that pain in my butt??  There are many reasons why someone can experience pain in their tailbone (also known as coccydynia).  The tailbone is made up of 3 to 5 fused vertebrae and lies at the base of your spine.  There are several tendons, muscles and ligaments that connect to it.  The tailbone bears your weight when you sit down and therefore holds a lot of pressure.

Pain and discomfort in your tailbone can be a result of an injury (usually a fall on your bottom) or for some women, childbirth and pregnancy can cause pain in the tailbone region.  For some, the reason for their pain is unknown or simply from sitting too long on a hard surface.  Whether you’ve had a fall, repetitive strain injury or recently had a baby, the muscles and ligaments around the tailbone may be strained, stretched or possibly very tight which means they are unable to support your tailbone at the correct angle and therefore you experience soreness and discomfort.

The pain associated with the tailbone can be anything from a dull ache to a stabbing pain.  The discomfort is usually increased when sitting or from changing positions from sitting to standing. The good news is that tailbone pain is rarely permanent and physiotherapy can be a very useful tool to cure your pain.   

At A Body In Motion Rehabilitation we’ll do a thorough assessment and create a treatment plan to help with the discomfort you’re experiencing.  We’ll provide you with pain relief and a thorough exercise program to help alleviate your symptoms and ensure they do not return again.  Tailbone pain is not something you have to learn to live with.  Give us a call and we’ll help get you feeling and moving better!

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