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Coccyx Injection

What is a “Coccyx Injection”?

Here is the meaning of each word:

  1. Coccyx: the small bones at the very end of the tailbone
  2. Injection: to deliver a medication

Altogether, “Coccyx Injection” means placing medication onto the small bones at the end of the tailbone.

Why is a Coccyx Injection done?

Coccyx injections are often done to relief pain from a bruised or broken tailbone.

How is a Coccyx Injection done?

Here are some of the steps of how this procedure is done:

  1. This procedure is usually done in a Procedure Room or Operating Room.
  2. The patient is place on the stomach (prone).
  3. The skin around the tailbone is cleaned with a sterile antiseptic solution. Sheets (drapes) are placed around the site.
  4. Local anesthetic is injected under the skin.
  5. An X-Ray machine is used to visualize the tailbone (sacrum). If the tailbone is broken, the broken bone can often be seen.
  6. A small specialized needle (spinal needle) is placed onto the bruised or broken part of the tailbone.
  7. A small amount of contrast dye (fluid which appears dark on an X-Ray) is sometimes injected to verify the correct position of the tip of the needle.
  8. Medication is now injected. This medication can be a steroid, often in combination with a Local Anesthetic.
  9. The needle is removed.
  10. A band-aid is placed.
  11. The patient is turned onto the back and brought to the Recovery Area.

How long does it take to perform a Coccyx Injection?

It may take about 5-10 minutes to perform this injection.

What type of benefit can patients gain from a Coccyx Injection?

Pain from a broken or bruised tailbone can often be relieved for weeks to months.