Pronounced: KOK-sih-DIE-nee-ahEn Español (Spanish Version)
Coccydynia is pain in the area of the coccyx, or tailbone. The coccyx is a small, curved, V-shaped bone at the bottom of the spine.
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This condition is caused by an injury or stress that affects the tailbone, as well as the muscles and nerves surrounding it. Examples include:
- Fall or trauma
- Pressure and strain, as during childbirth
- Spinal cyst or tumor
- Dislocation from injury or obesity, which can cause bones to shift
- Repeated stress (eg, horseback riding, bicycling, motorcycle riding)
Last reviewedDecember 2012by John C. Keel, MD
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