How do I know if I have coccydynia?

How do I know if I have coccydynia?
How do I know if I have coccydynia?

How do I know if I have coccydynia is a common question we get as pelvic health physical therapists.

Coccydynia, or tailbone pain, can be characterized by pain and discomfort in the coccyx area, which is the small bone at the base of the spine.

If you suspect you may have coccydynia, here are some common signs and symptoms to look for:

  1. Pain and tenderness:
    • You may experience localized pain and tenderness in the region around the coccyx, which is often worsened by pressure or direct contact with the tailbone.
  2. Pain when sitting:
    • Discomfort when sitting down, especially on hard surfaces or for extended periods, is a common symptom of coccydynia.
  3. Pain during certain activities:
    • Activities that involve movements like standing up from a seated position, bending, or lifting heavy objects may exacerbate the pain.
  4. Radiating pain:
    • In some cases, coccydynia pain can radiate from the tailbone area and extend down into the buttocks or even the legs.
  5. Discomfort during bowel movements:
    • Bowel movements can be painful for individuals with coccydynia due to the pressure on the coccyx when sitting on the toilet.
  6. Pain during sexual intercourse:
    • Coccydynia can also lead to discomfort or pain during sexual activity, particularly positions that put pressure on the tailbone.


If you are experiencing persistent pain and discomfort in the coccyx area or any of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s advisable to seek medical evaluation and consultation with a healthcare professional, such as a pelvic health physical therapist.

They can conduct a physical examination, discuss your symptoms, and may recommend imaging studies like X-rays or MRI scans to confirm the diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Treatment options for coccydynia

Pelvic floor physical therapy is valuable for those who experience coccydynia. It can significantly improve quality of life and help individuals regain control and confidence in their health.

At PhysioFit of NC, we have the expert team in pelvic floor physical therapy to help you to the fullest.

We provide a comprehensive treatment approach through our Women’s Health Program.  This includes manual therapy and exercises to improve conditions related to the pelvic floor muscles.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today so we can help you!