Dislocated joints of the coccyx

Antonella, UK - anto.fadda85@gmail.com

Posted 2018-07-15

After a silly accident at home, where I hit the stone sheet of the chimney while sitting down, I have dislocated my coccyx in August 2014. I didn't feel any pain for the first month, in October I could feel a bit of pain depending on where and how I was sitting. In November, the pain was so much that I couldn't either sit or lay down. I did the X-rays, which showed the calcification on the coccyx joints.

The pain was increasing more and more, with sitting especially after an hour, and extra sharp pain going from sitting to standing position. I went for 7 or 8 sessions to an osteopath, he managed to fix it until I could finally sit properly, without feeling any pain. However, the pain came back after a year and a half, mainly because I sat down during the whole period of sessions.

I then moved to London and when the pain got worse, I decided to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor. It was the first time, in a foreign country, discussing medical stuff that I did not understand, so I decided to fully trust him. I did make the right choice with Robert Griffiths! (see Doctors and specialists in the UK, London) He explained he would try to manipulate my tailbone back into place in the first session, to "educate" the bone to go back to its original position. One main rule though, this time: no sitting at all. From day 1, I did not sit at all, I had a standing desk at work, I was standing on the train and laid down on my belly only.

I can't lie, the first week was unbearable, my legs were hurting and tired, because this change happened suddenly. He told me this was going to happen, but that after a week or 10 days, the body would have started getting used it and indeed it happened. After 10 days, nothing was hurting anymore, the legs were used to stand and I didn't feel tired anymore. I have also followed all the "rules" he told me to follow: no jeans (the seams on the back are so tight that push too much), no piercings (the metals in the body make you heal slowly). 1 session every week for 5 weeks, then once every 2 weeks, a month and then done. In 2 months, the bone was back to its position, even when he tried to push it, it did not move at all.

I have gradually started sitting for 5 minutes every day, increasing the time every day, until I managed to sit the whole day, at work, on the train and laying down on my back as well.

I will see him again after 6 months, to see the progress and status I can still feel it, depending on what and how I sit, but it's not pain anymore and a completely different feeling.

I am and will always be grateful for his patience, experience, confidence and the amazing job he did. Very professional and definitely knows how to make you feel comfortable, even when the situation is not comfortable at all. Thank you again.

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.

What is coccydynia? | Investigation and diagnosis | Treatment | Coping with coccyx pain | Find a doctor or specialist

Medical papers | Personal experiences | Links to other sites | Support groups | Site map