Corticosteroid Coccyx Injections: Interventional Pain Management in Monmouth & Ocean County

At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, our staff of medical doctors, physical therapists, doctors of chiropractic, and acupuncturists are determined to help patients suffering from painful conditions find relief without resorting to surgery or the long-term use of painkilling medications. Because our office provides a number of conservative methods of rehabilitation, as well as interventional procedures such as coccyx injections, we are able to provide solutions to a number of painful injuries and conditions.

Coccyx Injections

Injections of a corticosteroid as well as an anesthetic may be used as part of an overall plan of rehabilitation and pain management when lower back pain originates from the coccyx (the tailbone). While numbing agents provide temporary relief, corticosteroids last for several weeks, often allowing patients to use physical therapy, chiropractic, or other rehabilitative practices to manage the trauma or illness that is causing pain.

The technical term for pain in the tailbone is coccydynia. Found at the base of the spine, the coccyx is surrounded by tendons and ligaments which can be affected by injury or disease. While the symptoms and severity of this condition vary between patients, the main indicator of coccydynia is pain that is aggravated or caused by sitting.

Causes of Coccyx Pain

There are a variety of reasons that patients experience coccyx pain. These include:

• Osteoarthritis – The formation of bone spurs;
• Childbirth;
• Traumas such as slips and falls;
Sports injuries (bike riding, for example);
• Muscle spasms; and
Spinal misalignment

Because this painful condition may also be caused by certain cancers, it’s important to have a complete diagnosis before beginning any treatment. Diagnostic accuracy is also a crucial factor in providing targeted and successful plans of rehabilitation and when determining if it is necessary to administer corticosteroid injections.

At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, our Medical Director makes use of a number of diagnostic tools, including fluoroscopy, x-ray, and ultrasound. Our office will also interpret the results of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). In some cases, an injection of an anesthetic numbing agent may be used to determine the exact location of pain.

It’s time to schedule a consultation with our medical staff when sitting becomes a painful experience. Often, the length of time spent in the seated position determines the intensity and duration of pain. Additionally, pain may be exacerbated when attempting to stand up, and there may be shooting pains down the back of the leg. In some cases, the symptoms of coccyx pain are quite similar to sciatica or other conditions; this is yet another reason that a proper diagnosis is essential.

To learn more about healthy rehabilitation options for pain in the lower back or tailbone, or to take advantage of Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation’s minimally invasive procedures for pain relief, contact our Monmouth County pain management office. We make it possible for patients to avoid the protracted use of painkilling medications and, in many cases, help patients to heal without surgery.