How is coccydynia (tailbone pain) diagnosed?

First, after getting your general medical history, your healthcare provider will ask you about any recent traumas including a fall or childbirth. Next he/she will do a visual examination of the area checking for an obvious fracture, deformity, mass or an abscess (infection).

What tests are used to diagnose tailbone pain (coccydynia)?

To check for a fracture:

  • X-ray.
  • CT scan.

To check for inflammation and chordoma (a rare type of cancerous tumor of the spine):

  • MRI.
  • Bone scan.

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