Top Tips To Relieve Tailbone (Coccyx) Pain


During winters, due to snowfall, there is an increase in incidents of people slipping and falling. This mostly results in tailbone injury or just severe pain in the back. Similarly all around the year, hospitals see patients who work in the offices round the clock, have severe pain in their lower back. This pain is most commonly in the tailbone (Coccyx). The tailbone is a triangular, bony structure located at the base of the spine. It is highly susceptible to injury and pain if a person happens to sit for longer periods.

If you have been experiencing pain in the tailbone, you should get the consult of an orthopaedic, who will prescribe you medicines for pain which you can get easily from On the other hand, you can do some activities on your own which may help relieve the pain. Let’s take a look at some of the suggestions.

Here’s What you Can Do to Relieve Tailbone Pain:

The pain associated with a tailbone usually takes weeks and months to diminish and it can be very discomforting and frustrating. In such a case, the pain can fluctuate from dull to very sharp and severe pain based on the activity you perform.

Here are ten tips to help relieve tailbone pain:

  1.   Avoid slouching when sitting. Keep your head, neck and pelvis in a neutral and straight line. If you are not able to correct your posture, consider buying a V-shaped wedge cushion or a doughnut-shaped pillow to support your body. These special types of cushions help take the pressure off the tailbone.
  2. Lean your body forward to alleviate pressure as you move to a sitting or standing position.
  3. In case of severe pain, apply a cold or hot compress to the tailbone area for 10-15 minutes. You can do this three or four times a day to reduce inflammation in the affected area and relieve pain.
  4.   Take over the counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to reduce pain temporarily.
  5.   Avoid sitting for long periods. If you work in an office and have to sit for long periods, take a break every half hour to walk a few steps and stretch your body.
  6.   You may consider physical therapy which can be beneficial for pelvic floor muscles. Exercises such as reverse Kegels could be very good for the pain.