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Could tailbone pain be a result of spondylotic changes?

I am having terrible tailbone pain, did x-ray of ls spine it showed some spondylytic changes. So was told to do MRI of lumbosacral spine but the report is normal. What exactly is the reason of that severe pain and if the MRI report is normal, then how to find out the cause
Mon, 21 Jul 2014
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for your query.

Tailbone pain could be a result of spondylotic changes.
Cure for your coccyx pain-

1.Use a well-padded seat when sitting and avoid long periods of sitting when possible.
2.Do sitz bath- take warm water in a tub and sit in this.It will relax the muscles around the coccyx.
3.Do exercises that will strengthen your tailbone's supporting muscles and stretch ligaments near the pain. Consult a physiotherapist for this. Therapists may perform a combination of:
Levator ani massage and Levator ani stretching.
4.Correct your posture. Poor posture may be contributing to your tailbone pain. Try to sit upright. If you get a sharp pain when getting up from a sitting position, lean forward and arch your back before rising.
5.You can take anti -inflammatory drugs like Tablet Motrin 1 tablet as and when required ( do not repeat a dose before 6 hours) with food will help relieve the pain.
6.Apply diclofenac gel on the affected area.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
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Could tailbone pain be a result of spondylotic changes?

Hello, Thanks for your query. Tailbone pain could be a result of spondylotic changes. Cure for your coccyx pain- 1.Use a well-padded seat when sitting and avoid long periods of sitting when possible. 2.Do sitz bath- take warm water in a tub and sit in this.It will relax the muscles around the coccyx. 3.Do exercises that will strengthen your tailbone s supporting muscles and stretch ligaments near the pain. Consult a physiotherapist for this. Therapists may perform a combination of: Levator ani massage and Levator ani stretching. 4.Correct your posture. Poor posture may be contributing to your tailbone pain. Try to sit upright. If you get a sharp pain when getting up from a sitting position, lean forward and arch your back before rising. 5.You can take anti -inflammatory drugs like Tablet Motrin 1 tablet as and when required ( do not repeat a dose before 6 hours) with food will help relieve the pain. 6.Apply diclofenac gel on the affected area. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care