Finding the right solution can be a frustrating experience.
Orleans Integrative Medicine provides expert assessment, diagnosis, and treatment to people suffering from SI joint and tail bone pelvic pain.
Tail Bone Pain (Coccyx Pain)
In general, pain can by caused in the coccyx if an injury or some type of excess pressure on the area causes the bones to move beyond their normal very limited range of motion, resulting in inflammation and localized pain. An injury to either the ligaments or the vestigial disc may be a cause of pain. Sometimes the bones of the coccyx will shift out of their normal position. People suffering form this condition will often report bad pain when sitting, which is eased when sitting on a doughnut or toilet seat.
Sacroiliac Joint Pain
The Sacroiliac joint is located at the very bottom of the spine, where the sacrum attaches to the pelvis. While the joint has very little movement, it is often a source of pain.Typically referred to as SI joint pain or Sacroiliitis often presents as sharp low back pain the is aggravated by rising from a chair. Patients often report that getting out of the car is extremely painful, however this is not always the case.
Who Gets SI Joint and/or Coccyx pain?
The SI joints and coccyx are often the cause of intense low back and pelvic pain. Despite their small movement, they often get stuck in improper positions, due to either a sudden jolt (like falling on one’s backside) or repeated strain (when you slouch for too long).
Pregnant or Post-Partum Women
When a woman is pregnant, hormones are released that cause the ligaments of the pelvis to relax. While this is intended to make the birthing process easier, it also makes the SI joints and joints of the coccyx more susceptible to shifting. During the birthing process, the joints of the pelvis are placed under tremendous strain. Often, women will reports SI pain for weeks or months after.
Anyone who Suffers a Slip and Fall
While a slip and fall can injure any part of the body, landing right on your bottom can result in shifting of the SI joints or the coccyx. Skiers and other athletes that experience multiple falls often experience the pain of a shifted or locked SI joint.
Anyone with Poor Posture (Slouchers)
When sitting down, most people have a tendency to slouch. Instead of sitting up with their weight on their “sit bones”, people will round their lower back putting strain on the ligaments of the pelvis. Repeated strain on the ligaments can cause the SI joints or coccyx to shift, resulting in a sharp stabbing pain. If you get back pain when sitting in a reclining chair/couch, you’ve probably irritated your SI Joint.
The primary focus when treating pelvic pain, is to restore the proper movement and stability to the joints of the pelvis. Passive treatments and therapeutic machines will mask the pain, but to fix the problem, you must fix the joint.
Manual therapies, often including manipulation of the joints of the pelvis is the best treatment available for these conditions. Acupuncture, heat and a home exercise plan may also be part of your treatment. Regardless of the cause of your pelvic pain, our goal is to assess your specific condition and provide the treatment options that are best for you.
If you are tired of suffering from Pelvic, SI Joint, and Tail Bone pain, contact us to schedule an Assessment.
*All of our assessments and treatments are done one on one in a private room for your privacy and comfort.