Tailbone Pain Causes

Tailbone pain occurs when your coccyx, or the surrounding tissue, becomes damaged. Studies have found that about one-third of the total cases of coccydynia do not have an exact tailbone pain causes, because Coccydynia or tailbone pain may be associated to several factors and thus they are termed as idiopathic.  Tailbone pain especially becomes more prominent when one is sitting down or when on shifts from sitting position to a standing position. Damage to the coccyx and even the muscles which surrounding it would likely lead to the development of coccydynia.  The most known causes of tailbone pain are as under :

Tailbone Pain Causes

Tailbone Pain Causes

1. Pregnancy and Childbirth

Becoming pregnant and delivering the baby are believed to be among the leading causes of tailbone pain. Pregnancy and childbirth may contribute to the development of coccydynia through various mechanisms. Coccydynia specifically develops among pregnant women during the third trimester and onwards. This is primarily because of the release of certain hormones including relaxin which permits the coccyx and including the superior portion of the spine to be in a relax state. This is actually a natural process a female’s body undergoes so as to facilitate the delivery of the baby. Nonetheless, there are certain instances in which the ligaments and muscles supporting the coccyx become overstretched that it cannot anymore hold the coccyx. A condition called coccydynia then develops.

2. Coccyx Injury

Coccydynia may also likely manifest when an individual suddenly injures his coccyx. Coccyx injury may take place in a number of ways. This commonly happens when one is into contact sports and then the lower back is accidentally kicked. However, this could also happen while doing mundane task such as walking along a slippery hallway, slipping off and falling on your buttocks. Uncommon causes of coccydynia include sexual intercourse especially during anal sex but this rarely happens though. Injury to the coccyx would mean benign or severe. Mild injury to the coccyx may also involve bruising and severe forms may have been due to dislocation or fracture.

3. Strain and Repetitive Movements

It is not ideal to perform repeated movements as this has the tendency to cause pain. For instance, if you remain seated for long hours, the muscles and as well as the ligaments surrounding your coccyx keep contracted to the point that they become overstretched and cannot anymore hold the coccyx and keep it in the right position. Other movements which may strain the back include bending, cycling and rowing.

4. Improper Posture

If you do not observe proper posture, especially when sitting you are also likely to suffer from coccydynia. The buildup of pressure around the coccygeal area is also the reason why coccydynia develops. Coccydynia especially becomes more prominent when sitting for prolonged periods.

5. Unhealthy Weight

Obese people are also likely to suffer from coccydynia because of the extra weight the body, especially the buttocks, has to carry. Too much pressure may be exerted to the coccyx area especially when an obese person sits down.

Nonetheless, being overweight or obese is not the only factor that may contribute to the development of coccydynia. Even those people who are thin and underweight are also likely to suffer from coccydynia. This is owing to the fact that there’s only less adipose in thin people, which serves as a cushion when they sit down. Thus, the bony prominences of the buttocks are come in contact with hard surfaces exerting extra pressure to the coccyx. This in turn would still lead to the development of coccydynia. So as to prevent the development of coccydynia, you may check your body mass index (BMI) so you would exactly know what your ideal weight should be.

Since you now know the probable causes of tailbone pain. so, it would be better to avoid doing activities that would strain or injure your coccyx.