Coccydynia is the inflammation localised to the tail bone (coccyx). Symptoms and signs of coccydynia include focal pain & tenderness of the tail bone. The pain is usually dull and achy. An injury to the coccyx is the major risk factor for coccydynia.
In some cases, the pain will improve over few weeks or months, but occasionally it can last much longer and severely affect your ability to carry out everyday activities.
See your doctor if:
- the pain does not start to improve within few weeks
- home treatments do not relieve the pain
- the pain is severe
- you also have bleeding, a high temperature or pain is moving away from your coccyx
Your doctor will carry out an examination to check for more serious causes of your pain, such as infection or a fracture.
In some cases, your doctor may refer you for tests such as xray or MRI scan.