The Wooley-Kemper procedure

The Wooley-Kemper procedure works by freeing the coccyx back into a more normal function with a non-surgical procedure.

Each patient is first assessed for restricted back flexibility and thigh strength. Next, a local anesthetic can be provided, if needed. Then, the physician makes an internal rectal contact with the coccyx. Along with one or two assistants, the patient’s spine and coccyx are flexed back and forth until improved function is achieved. After the procedure the patient is assessed again for back flexibility and thigh strength.

Results vary, but most patients who regain coccygeal function will rapidly improve and will usually retain their improvement with regular exercise.
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Do you have any of these symptoms following a tailbone/coccyx injury?

  • pain with sitting
  • pain from rising from a sitting position
  • loss of flexibility
  • chronic pelvic pain
  • ache into thighs and/or legs
  • sharp pain up spine
  • chronic lowback pain
  • leg weakness, inability to stand for long periods ​
  • chronic pain following child birth
  • inability to deliver vaginally

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following provides answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Wooley-Kemper procedure.
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End the Confusion: There is Relief for an Injured Tailbone!

If you fractured your finger, you would want it to heal with full motion like it had before it was fractured or dislocated. As a writer, baseball pitcher, artist, musician or surgeon, a fractured finger must regain its full motion as it heals or pain and impairment results. For the same reasons, a fractured coccyx needs treatment to heal with full motion. The Wooley-Kemper Procedure carefully and effectively restores natural motion to the fractured or dislocated coccyx. With coccyx motion restored, tailbone pain, loss of back flexibility, and sore or weak hips recover measurably.

The next step to relieving your tailbone pain is to consult with one of the Wooley-Kemper specialists.  Click on the link below.

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Lumbopelvic flexibility is more closely related
to coccygeal range of motion that previously thought.



Medication-Assisted Manipulation appears to offer some
patients increased improvement in low back pain and disability.


Coccyx Dystocia:

Outlet Anterior Posterior Diameter. The role
the coccyx may play in vaginal deliveries.


Coccyx Dysfunction:

A clinical profile for coccydynia and chronic pelvic pain.