Bad posture while sitting and reading led to the sudden occurrence of coccyx pain

Malika S, UK

Posted 2015-06-28

Seven years of university studies and bad posture while sitting and reading led to the sudden occurrence of coccyx pain, which made sitting very painful. Sometimes even standing caused me quite some pain.

I saw 2 GPs and 4 different physiotherapists. The exercises didn't help and I was told to take some painkillers, to have cortisone injections (which would only ease the pain temporarily) or to have my coccyx surgically removed at some point. This wasn't a happy outlook for a 25-year old. Seeing, that conventional doctors or physiotherapists could not help me, I started doing my own research and stumbled upon this website which led me to Dr Durtnall (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London).

Dr Durtnall did some x-Rays of my whole spine including the coccyx and told me straight away that my coccyx was in an incorrect angle. I had some x-Rays done before and studied by different physiotherapists and GPs, all of them did not even see that the angle of my coccyx was incorrect by some 30-40 degrees (it was too vertical).

I have been treated by Dr Durtnall since December 2014 and my pain went away by 85%. Dr Durtnall has also been correcting my overall posture which has helped me greatly in reducing other lower back and neck pain I previously frequently experienced. In addition, I have had some massage treatments with Sofia, who helped me to reduce some tightness in my body. Pilates has also helped me greatly to correct my posture (focus to sit on the sit-bones and not in a position which stresses your coccyx).

If you are experiencing similar pain I can only recommend to see Dr Durtnall and his great team. Dr Durtnall is friendly and makes you feel comfortable throughout the treatment. The treatment has improved my quality of life and I am very thankful and lucky to have found this clinic.

Note from Jon Miles:

I emailed more than a year after this story was posted, to ask for an update, as the long-term outcome of treatment is of great interest. In this case I did not get a reply.

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