What is Coccydynia?

Coccydynia is a common musculoskeletal condition where the sufferer feels a pain in the coccyx. This is the final bone at the bottom of your spine (also known as the tailbone). The area above the buttocks will feel tender, and the pain will usually be achy and dull, though can at times be sharp and stabbing. It may be aggravated by sitting down or standing for long periods, and can make everyday activities such as sleeping and driving a real chore. Coccydynia can either be the result of an injury or a fall that affected the lower back, or stem from longer term problems such as poor posture, repeated strain, or obesity.

ESWT works by firing shockwaves in tissue at the rate of ten per second. These reach damaged ligament and encourage it to heal itself. Essentially it’s a way to kick-start the body’s own healing process, leading it to naturally heal over the course of several months when the course of treatment is complete.

How can ESWT be used to treat Coccydynia ?

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and is a natural fit for coccydynia. Shock waves will target the area and attempt to relieve pain in the region. Treatment may take place over one or more sessions, and aims to reduce inflammation around the coccyx in the lower back.

When is ESWT an appropriate treatment?

If home remedies such as hot or cold packs or cushioning the area aren’t working, and you’ve exhausted over-the-counter painkillers, ESWT may be appropriate for you. Before this though, your doctor may also encourage you to explore physiotherapy treatment to help massage and gently stretch the region.

How effective is ESWT at treating this condition?

Studies have shown that ESWT is effective at reducing discomfort and disability in the lower back region. As a non-invasive treatment, it is highly preferred to extreme surgical measures. ESWT has been shown to relieve pain over a number of sessions. Pain relief’s effectiveness with ESWT might be due to the increased tissue regeneration, which is stimulated during the procedure.

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