Coccydnia, or coccyx pain, is usually caused by a fall on a hard surface. It doesn’t matter how it happens. You could hit a pothole on your bicycle, slip on the ice, get thrown from a horse, or just trip over your own front steps. The result is the same: sharp, shooting pain in the tailbone.
Falling isn’t the only way to hurt your tailbone, though. Some women experience coccyx pain after giving birth. Other people get it after being in a car accident. And sometimes, it just seems to come from out of the blue.
In virtually ALL of these cases, though, one thing is the same: The coccyx has been dislocated. It’s jammed forward, which causes all of the soft tissue on the front of the tailbone to lock up, become inflamed, and send pain signals to the brain.
Now, let me ask you something. If you walked into a hospital with a dislocated shoulder, what would the doctors do? Would they prescribe you pain meds and send you on your way? Would they teach you how to live with the pain? Would they suggest that you have your arm removed? Of course not! They’d put your shoulder back into place!
It’s no different with a dislocated coccyx. Your coccyx simply needs to be put back into place. That’s something I can do using a simple series of adjustments.
But I’ve tried chiropractic before, and it didn’t work!
If you’ve tried chiropractic care before, don’t despair. There’s a reason most other chiropractors aren’t able to fix the problem of coccyx pain.
The truth is very few people know how to really assess whether the tailbone is moving properly. They nearly always work from the outside. That means they can’t get your coccyx, which is bent forward, into the proper position. But nearly 100% of the time, you need to get to it from the inside to be able to move it back into place.
I’m fortunate to have trained with some of the world’s experts in internal coccyx adjustments: Dr. Lowell Ward, a chiropractor who pioneered the field of spinal stressology; Dr. Jean Pierre Barral, a French osteopath who was named one of TIME magazine’s top healing innovators for his development of visceral manipulation; and Dr. Chris Kemper, a pioneer in coccyx manipulation.
Combining their approaches into my own unique method that I’ve perfected over the past two decades, I’ve helped hundreds of people free themselves from coccyx pain.
It might be more than coccyx pain
The other thing to keep in mind is that your coccyx pain may stem from more than just your coccyx. Coccyx problems often go hand in hand with other back problems, which may or may not be causing obvious pain. These could include spinal compression problems, hip problems, sacroilliac problems, and disc or joint problems.
I’m a coccyx pain specialist, but I also work extensively with patients with chronic back pain. Evaluating your whole body and treating everything that’s out of place will greatly increase your odds of success.
Does it hurt?
I understand this kind of procedure can make some people uncomfortable, both physically and emotionally. Physically, if your tailbone is extremely sensitive, you might be loathe to let someone touch it. And emotionally, this kind of internal adjustment may bring up issues of privacy and vulnerability. Let me assure you, I make every effort to make the experience as physically and emotionally painless for you as possible.
First, for all of my female patients, I bring a female assistant into the examination room with me. It’s important to me that you feel safe.
Second, I try to be as gentle as possible in performing the adjustment. It’s not a sudden popping kind of adjustment – it’s a slow release. Many people have told me it’s no more uncomfortable than a rectal exam.
And third, I check in with you throughout the two- to three-minute procedure to make sure you are okay.
Once in a while, a patient is reactive and may feel some pain for a day or two afterward. But more often than not, this short-lived discomfort pales in comparison to the pain they have been living with day in and day out.
If you’re still hesitant, consider this
I’ve had so many patients come to me and say “I wish I hadn’t lived with this for so long. It was so easy to get this problem solved, and I lived with so much pain for so long.” It’s just hard for them to believe something so simple could have an effect that’s so profound.
I only have a limited number of appointments available. I’m in my 60s now and am slowly scaling back the number of patients I take on as I head toward retirement. But I feel like this is my calling, and I want to help as many people as possible before I retire for good. So for your best shot of making it into my appointment book, I recommend you call me at 541-482-0625 as soon as possible. Besides, wouldn’t you rather be out of pain sooner rather than later?