SYMPTOMS

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

You may have been diagnosed as having coccydynia. However, if you have any combination of the above symptoms, it may actually be SacroCoccygeal Syndrome.

Diagnosing the SacroCoccygeal Syndrome

  • History: Have you suffered an injury to your coccyx at any time in your life? 

  • Range of Motion: An S/C Syndrome examination involves an intra-rectal assessment of the coccyx motion with careful but firm pressure forwards and backwards. 

  • Weakness: Approximately 90% of patients with a dislocated, broken or restricted tailbone will have weak thigh muscles.  Most people will be unaware that the weakness is so severe.  The internal and external thigh rotator muscles are most often affected. 

  • Reduced Spine and/or Thigh Flexibility: Many patients with injured tailbones will not be able to freely touch the floor when they stand with their feet together and with their knees locked.  

Xray Findings
  • A bent, hooked, displaced, misalighned, irregular, fractured, or otherwised injured appearance suggests that the tailbone may have lost its natural motion.

  • Deterioration, degeneration, arthritis or fusion of one or more of the coccygeal joints. 

  • Absence of dislocation, fracture or arthritis does NOT mean that the coccygeal motion is normal. The tailbone can become “jammed” in its normal position, causing most doctors to state that it is normal and asymptomatic. 

Click here to check on the Case Study for SacroCoccygeal Syndrome.

What is my next step towards relief?

The next step to relieve your tailbone pain is to consult with one of the Wooley-Kemper specialists.  They will determine the best course of action needed to maximize healing.