How is coccydynia (tailbone pain) diagnosed?

A thorough medical history and physical exam are very important. The doctor will want to know if you have had any particular injury, whether recent or in the remote past, or if you’ve ever had prolonged labor or an injury while giving birth.

The doctor will also inspect and feel this area to find any unusual masses or abscesses (infections). A lateral X-ray of the coccyx is taken to help find any significant coccygeal problem, such as a fracture.

Your health care provider might order more sophisticated tests such as CT scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or a bone scan of this area if he or she feels that it is necessary.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/22/2014.


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