Pain in the coccyx (or tail bone) is generally due to injury. At times pain in the coccyx can be caused by degenerative changes in your body. Some coccyx pain can be due to seating on top of a hard surface for a prolonged period of time. The severity of injury can range from a bruise to a fracture. Injury can be due to direct impact from a fall onto your bottom.
The following may help reduce the coccyx pain:
- use a specially designed coccyx cushion – this cushion can be bought on the following website https://www.amazon.co.uk/Products-Innova-Orthopedic-Cushion-Removable/dp/B07Q6RVPXB/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=coccyx+seat+cushion&qid=1596187579&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFCWjUzVVJNOE4yMFcmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA1ODY0ODJRVU9VVlk5MUFKWUkmZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMDgxODIxMTFBUkJVT0RBNDBINFMmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl
- avoid prolonged sitting whenever possible – try to stand up and walk around regularly, leaning forward while seated may also help.
- wear loose-fitting clothes – avoid clothing such as tight jeans or trousers that may put pressure on your tailbone.
- cold packs and warm pack may help.
- take over-the-counter painkillers. If the pain and discomfort is not too severe, it may be relieved with over-the-counter pain killers known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) which are available without a prescription. However, some people cannot take NSAIDS because they’re allergic to them or have an increased risk of developing stomach ulcers. If this is the case, try taking paracetamol instead. Ask a pharmacist or GP for advice if you’re unsure what to take.