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6 Signs of Coccyx Pain

Coccyx Pain. Tailbone pain. Pain at the end of your spine. No one talks about it—but it turns out lots of people suffer in silence about it!

How do I know?

When I got brave enough to tell my story of coccyx pain that’s when other women started opening up to me about how it was this pain they had dealt with for months or even years!

So I am here to tell you- you’re not alone! It’s actually quite common!


  1. Tailbone hurts after...

  • Sitting for long periods of time

  • Long car rides

  • Sitting on metal/ plastic/ stadium seating

  • Sitting on unpadded chairs

  1. If you prefer to sit on a pillow

  2. If it affects the way you exercise...

  • You can’t do crunches/sit-ups on firm or unpadded surfaces without pain or blistering

  • Tailbone pain when you row / use a rowing machine

  1. If the skin/musculature above/around the coccyx hurts

  2. You notice a change in bowel &/or bladder function (incontinence)

  3. Discomfort/pain during sexual intercourse

Coccyx / Sacral Pain


The most common causes include falls & slips with the person landing on their posterior.

Sometimes it can be a repetitive stress injury (think New Years Resolution to get 6-pack abs where you do as many crunches as you possibly can on a hard, unpadded surface).

Or if you are a female who has given birth, you know how difficult & traumatic labor can be (for mom & the baby).


The coccyx itself is a tiny bone at the very end of your spine.

That tiny bone has its own nerve supply straight from the spinal cord—the coccygeal nerve.

One nerve on each side of your spine to be exact.


See your chiropractor. A knowledgeable chiropractor will be able examine the alignment of your spine, including the coccyx. If it is indeed a coccyx misalignment your chiropractor should be able to identify the misalignment & realign your spine gently, safely, & effectively in no time.

Tailbone Pain, Pain in the Butt

But keep in mind... This coccyx misalignment didn't happen over night.

So while you may THINK your chiropractor is a God-sent when your coccyx no longer bothers you, it may take a few more visits or adjustments before the body adopts the alignment as its new normal.

(The most I've been it take was 4-6 visits spread out over a month or more.)

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Dr. Rebekah Bruner

Dr. Rebekah Bruner is passionate about healthy living & preventative healthcare learning. She enjoys speaking and writing about empowering people to become their own health advocate. Knowledge is power.

Dr. Bruner's post-doctorate training is in functional medicine and neurology. She has received additional certifications in Functional Blood Chemistry, Mastering the Thyroid, Mastering Brain Chemistry, Leaky Gut, & Autoimmunity.

Dr. Bruner's Credentials:

Doctorate of Chiropractic, Parker University

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Centenary College of Louisiana

Bachelor of Science in Health & Wellness, Parker University

Bachelor of Science in Anatomy, Parker University

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