Tailbone Pain: 8 Home Remedies You Can Try

What to Know about Tailbone Pain

Tailbone pain is clinically referred to as coccydynia. Coccyx is coined from a Greek word “Cuckoo” because it looks like a bird’s beak with the tip facing down. The word “Dynia” means “pain.” Therefore, “Coccydynia” means “pain of the coccyx.” Tailbone pain is usually accompanied by difficulties sitting or walking. It is also usually accompanied by pain in the bathroom and in women during their period.

Studies show that the major cause of tailbone pain is trauma. The following situations are responsible for the trauma associated with coccydynia:

  • Medical conditions such as osteomyelitis, osteomyelitis
  • Falling on a hard surface
  • Spinal surgery [1]
  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Repetitive activities like cycling, rowing
  • Extended sitting

Tailbone pain is a common condition. Studies show that coccydynia is more common in women than in men. It is also more common in adults and teenagers than in children. According to spinal surgeons, obese people are 30% more likely to have the condition than people with a normal weight.