Are you sitting for long hours at work or at home? Have you experienced a strange pain in your lower back? It’s safe to assume you’re suffering from tailbone pain, also known as coccydynia. The pain and tenderness are felt at the tip of your tailbone, and occur when the coccyx or the surrounding tissue is damaged. The coccyx can become damaged in a number of ways. In most cases, it is difficult to find out the underlying cause. Below are seven common causes of tailbone pain that you should keep an eye on to avoid experiencing the aggravating pain.
7. Poor Posture
In most cases, tailbone pain is a result of long-term poor posture. Signs of poor posture include slouching, rounded shoulders, a hunched back, tilting your head forward, sitting inappropriately, and so much more. Sitting continuously for long periods of time, for instance when you’re at work at your desk job, or in a car if you’re a driver, can put excess pressure on the muscles and coccyx. The pain can become more intense depending on how long you sit and the position in which you sit. Pain that results from bad posture can become chronic unless you are able to correct your posture.
6. Coccyx Injury
Coccyx injuries can occur when someone has experienced a trauma such as a slip or a fall. If you have fallen and landed on your buttocks, it is highly likely that you injured the coccyx and the tissue surrounding it. If you suffered from a hard blow on the base of your spine, it causes a coccyx injury. This can occur during activities such as football, ice or field hockey, wrestling, and basketball. In many cases, a coccyx injury can result in a bad bruise. However, if the impact was severe, the coccyx may be dislocated or even fractured.