Women’s Health Conditions

Breast Cancer Related Dysfunction

Coccydynia refers to pain in the region of the coccyx, commonly known as the tailbone. It can be caused by various factors, such as trauma, prolonged sitting, childbirth, or underlying conditions. Physical therapy can play a significant role in managing coccydynia and relieving associated pain. Here’s how physical therapy can help:

  1. Postural modifications: Improper sitting or standing postures can exacerbate coccydynia. Physical therapists can provide guidance on proper posture and ergonomic adjustments to relieve pressure on the tailbone and promote healing.
  2. Manual therapy techniques: Physical therapists may use manual techniques such as soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, or joint mobilizations to address muscle imbalances, reduce tension in surrounding tissues, and improve overall pelvic and tailbone mobility.
  3. Pelvic floor muscle assessment and treatment: Dysfunction in the pelvic floor muscles can contribute to coccydynia. Physical therapists with expertise in pelvic health can assess the pelvic floor muscles and provide specific exercises or relaxation techniques to address muscle imbalances, tension, or weakness that may be contributing to the pain.
  4. Core stabilization exercises: Strengthening the core muscles, including the deep abdominal and back muscles, can provide support and stability to the pelvis and coccyx. Physical therapists can prescribe exercises to improve core strength and stability, helping to alleviate pain and promote proper alignment.
  5. Stretching and flexibility exercises: Gentle stretching exercises can help improve flexibility and relieve tension in the surrounding muscles. Physical therapists can guide you through appropriate stretching techniques to reduce discomfort and improve range of motion.
  6. Education and activity modification: Physical therapists can provide education on proper body mechanics during activities that may aggravate coccydynia symptoms. They can offer guidance on modifications to daily activities, such as sitting, standing, or exercise, to avoid further irritation and support the healing process.

Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness Center is here to help

Our skilled team of pelvic floor physical therapists will perform a thorough evaluation to identify areas of impairment that are contributing to your symptoms. Following the exam, your physical therapist will work with you to create a plan of care that best suits your personal goals and needs.

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