After a very long and difficult delivery, I gave birth to a 12-pound baby. In the process my tailbone broke. Now it's healed in a crooked position. It's very painful. Is there any treatment for this problem?

Treatment is more likely to work when the coccyx has normal mobility. Steroid injection with a numbing agent such as lidocaine (like lidocaine) may help. Massage and stretching of the nearby muscles after the injection has helped many patients.

Some chiropractors suggest an adjustment to realign the coccyx. The results of this treatment depend on how mobile the coccyx is. A more extreme treatment option is surgery
to remove the coccyx. This is called a coccygectomy. Conservative care is always tried first before surgery. The results are somewhat unpredictable.

Guy R. Fogel, MD, et al. Coccygodynia: Evaluation and Management. In Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. January/February 2004. Vol. 12. No. 1. Pp. 49-54.



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