The coccyx is a small triangular bone at the base of the spine that consist of 3-5 vertebrae. The coccyx is attached to the sacrum / base of the spine by various ligaments and the levator ani muscle (part of pelvic floor muscles).
Listed below is what can cause the coccyx painful:
- Prolonged sitting, especially on a hard surface
- Trauma / fall onto buttocks and coccyx
- Repetitive micro trauma, for example from inadequate posture or sports such as cycling and motor sports
- In women coccyx can also be painful after natural childbirth, the ligaments around coccyx are strained from pushing
Listed below are measures to help manage coccyx pain?
- Avoid sitting for prolonged periods
- Adjust how you get in and out of bed – try to roll onto your side and push yourself up, rather than sitting up directly onto the coccyx
- Physiotherapy & exercises can help
- Use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS)
- Postural correction – adequate sitting and standing posture can help to alleviate pressure on the coccyx. Ensure you sit on an appropriate cushion with support on the coccyx. Do not seat slumped. Do not let your bottom / back arch backwards.
- specific coccyx cushions (U Shaped) to relieve pressure on the coccyx. Try to use this cushion every time you sit down. Amazon will deliver this cushion at your address if you buy it from the following website https://www.baraimporting.uk/innova-orthopedic-seat-cushion.html