What Is Coccydynia?
Coccydynia is a pain that occurs in the tailbone area and this is known as the coccyx in scientific terms. Coccydynia could be brought about by childbirth, poor posture and other factors such as a direct fall. While the back pain is curable, many people choose to suffer from the condition for years in silence. This is because people are often embarrassed of cushioning their coccyx when sitting or even seeking treatment for fear of ridicule.
Patients vary and it’s very hard to pinpoint one treatment option and say that it is the best treatment for Coccydynia. What we can do is list down some of the treatment options that have worked in treating the tailbone pain. There are two types of treatment, and the type you go for will depend on the severity of the condition.
Conservative Coccydynia Treatment
There are various conservative treatments that patients can undertake with Coccydynia and the first is taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs can help in reducing pain and inflammation. Cortisone injections could also be used to treat Coccydynia and these injections have a high likelihood of providing pain relief. Cortisone injections are widely used by Pain Management Doctors in Las Vegas and they could provide relief for months.
A specific type of interventional procedure for coccydynia is termed a ganglion impar block. These injections are excellent for pain relief and place numbing medication near the set of nerves that provide sensation to the coccyx. This injection can provide immense pain relief to the coccyx area for months at a time. The injection is outpatient, low risk and effective over 75% of the time.
There are some new topical medications that may be used which include creams or patches of the following medications:
These medications are able to absorb into the immediate area of concern and provide hours of pain relief at a time. They do not cause complications like they may when taken orally.
Chiropractic care may also come in handy to help treat Coccydynia. Las Vegas Chiropractors use various manual manipulation techniques along with massage therapy and physical exercise to help decrease the pain. Acupuncture can also be used to provide relief for patients who do not wish to take medications.
Surgical Treatment for Coccydynia
Surgical treatment is usually done after all conservative treatment options have been exhausted. Surgery for Coccydynia involves the removal or a portion of the entire the entire coccyx. This surgery is known as a coccygectomy and is fairly simple. Different surgeons will use different approaches during surgery and while some advocate for the removal of the entire coccyx, others recommend partial removal.
It’s therefore vital that you understand which approach your surgeon favors most and why. That said; surgery has a success rate of only 50 percent if conducted by a skilled surgeon. However, the surgery is minor and takes about half an hour. It is actually an outpatient procedure and usually the patient is often discharged hours after the procedure.
There is no specific Coccydynia treatment that can be cited as the best treatment option. Consult with your physician to identify which of the above will be most suitable for your condition. There are some pain doctors trying spinal cord stimulator implants for chronic coccygodynia to get the pain under control. Initial results are promising.
If you or a loved one is suffering from chronic tailbone pain in the Las Vegas or Henderson areas, let the premier pain doctors at Innovative Pain take care of you. The Las Vegas pain management doctors are Board Certified and Fellowship Trained along with being compassionate and highly skilled. Over 30 insurance plans are accepted, call (702) 323-0553 for more information and scheduling.