Management and Treatment
- Taking a NSAID like ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling.
- Decreasing sitting time.
- Taking a hot bath to relax muscles and ease pain.
- Using a wedge-shaped gel cushion or coccygeal cushion (a “donut” pillow) when sitting.
- Taking stool softeners to reduce pain during bowel movements.
- 1 How should I sit when my tailbone hurts?
- 2 How do you sit with Coccydynia?
- 3 Does sitting on a pillow help tailbone pain?
- 4 What is the fastest way to heal a sore tailbone?
- 5 Is it bad to sit on your tailbone?
- 6 Is Coccydynia permanent?
- 7 Can I exercise with tailbone pain?
- 8 How do you put a coccyx cushion on a bed?
- 9 Which pillow is best for tailbone pain?
- 10 How do you treat sit bone pain?
- 11 Can tailbone pain last for years?
- 12 Can sitting cause tailbone pain?
How should I sit when my tailbone hurts?
To lessen tailbone pain in the meantime, it might help to:
- Lean forward while sitting down.
- Sit on a doughnut-shaped pillow or wedge (V-shaped) cushion.
- Apply heat or ice to the affected area.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or aspirin.
How do you sit with Coccydynia?
When possible, avoid sitting on the types of surfaces that worsen your pain. Many patients find it helpful to sit leaning slightly forwards (bending forward at the hips/waist). This helps because it takes your body weight off of the coccyx (tailbone).
Does sitting on a pillow help tailbone pain?
If you have pain on your tailbone when you sit then a coccyx pillow will help you sit pain free. Lower Back Pain Relief: The slight slant built into a coccyx pillow encourages the body to lean slightly forward, helping the spine to sit in proper alignment and taking pressure off of the lower back.
What is the fastest way to heal a sore tailbone?
- Rest and stop any physical activity that causes pain. The more you rest, the quicker the injury can heal.
- Ice your tailbone for about 20 minutes every hour while awake for the first 48 hours, then 2 to 3 times a day.
- Use a cushion or gel donut when sitting.
- Avoid sitting a lot.
Is it bad to sit on your tailbone?
The tailbone and sacrum are not meant to support the body weight in this way, and this position can irritate the tailbone joint (sacrococcygeal joint) and surrounding soft tissue. The more rounded your spine becomes in sitting, the more pressure rests directly on the sacrum and coccyx.
Is Coccydynia permanent?
Coccydynia is often reported following a fall or after childbirth. In some cases, persistent pressure from activities like bicycling may cause the onset of coccyx pain. Coccydynia due to these causes usually is not permanent, but it may become very persistent and chronic if not controlled.
Can I exercise with tailbone pain?
In addition to relieving the pain of coccydynia, treatment should reduce inflammation and ease muscle tension. A recent study found that people with coccydynia benefited from performing exercises to increase thoracic spine mobility and to stretch the piriformis and iliopsoas muscles in the buttocks and hips.
How do you put a coccyx cushion on a bed?
Place the coccyx cushion directly on the seat. Adding extra pillows or cushions will cause you to sit unevenly and in turn, distribute your weight and pressure unevenly, which is unhealthy for your back. The placement of the cushion on the seat can either be flat or slightly slopping. This is most people’s preference.
Which pillow is best for tailbone pain?
Best Overall: ComfiLife Gel Enhanced Seat Cushion
- Memory foam.
- Cooling gel layer.
- Relieves pressure on tailbone.
How do you treat sit bone pain?
How do you treat it?
- Simply resting and temporarily stopping the activities that aggravate the pain.
- Apply ice packs to the tender area.
- Take NSAID’s such as ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve) or aspirin as directed.
Can tailbone pain last for years?
Tailbone pain ranges from a dull ache to a fierce stab. It can last for weeks, months or sometimes longer.
Can sitting cause tailbone pain?
Sitting in one position for too long may cause your tailbone to tilt or become misaligned, adding pressure to the bones and joints in and around the coccyx. This can make it painful to sit after time.