Coccyx.org site policy
I created this site in 1998, because I could find little useful information about coccydynia on the internet (you can read about my injury and treatments here). At first the site was in my personal web space on Compuserve, then I bought the coccyx.org domain in 2000. My first aim was to create the kind of website that I would have liked to find when I first injured myself. As the site developed, it was shaped by the suggestions that people made, and by the questions that people asked me. I have tried to make it easy to find the information that you want.
At the start of 2016, the site is being visited by about 100,000 different people a month.
The purpose of the site is to provide information on coccyx pain to
help sufferers and to inform health professionals. Because the site is mainly aimed at the general public, I have
attempted to avoid medical jargon where possible, and to write clearly
for everyone, even if they are not native speakers of English. If
any part is not clear, please let me know.
The contents are written by me, unless it is clear from the context that they are written by someone else. Some contents, such as abstracts of medical papers, are copied from elsewhere on the Web. Over 2,000 people have posted their stories, and hundreds of sufferers, doctors, manual therapists of various kinds and other medical practitioners have contributed suggestions or material to the website. Private emails are quoted only with the permission of the sender, who can remain anonymous if they wish. If anyone wishes to have their contribution removed, I will remove it.
I am not a doctor, and make no claim to medical expertise. The
contents are as accurate as I can make them, though I can give no
guarantees. If you see any errors or omissions, please let me know, and
I will put them right.
I claim copyright on the contents of this site. But you may use the
material here in any way you wish, except for commercial gain.
HONcode standard for trustworthy health information
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.
- Authority Any medical or health advice provided and
hosted on this site will only be given by medically trained and
qualified professionals unless a clear statement is made that a piece
of advice offered is from a non-medically qualified individual or
- Complementarity The information provided on this site is
designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between
a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician.
- Confidentiality Confidentiality of data relating to
individual patients and visitors to a medical/health Web site,
including their identity, is respected by this Web site. The Web site
owners undertake to honour or exceed the legal requirements of
medical/health information privacy that apply in the country and state
where the Web site and mirror sites are located.
- Attribution Where appropriate, information contained on
this site will be supported by clear references to source data and,
where possible, have specific HTML links to that data. The date when a
clinical page was last modified will be clearly displayed (e.g. at the
bottom of the page).
- Justifiability Any claims relating to the
benefits/performance of a specific treatment, commercial product or
service will be supported by appropriate, balanced evidence in the
manner outlined above in Principle 4..
- Transparency of authorship The designers of this Web
site will seek to provide information in the clearest possible manner
and provide contact addresses for visitors that seek further
information or support. The Webmaster will display his/her E-mail
address clearly throughout the Web site.
- Transparency of sponsorship Support for this Web site
will be clearly identified, including the identities of commercial and
non-commercial organisations that have contributed funding, services or
material for the site.
- Honesty in advertising and editorial policy If
advertising is a source of funding it will be clearly stated. A brief
description of the advertising policy adopted by the Web site owners
will be displayed on the site. Advertising and other promotional
material will be presented to viewers in a manner and context that
facilitates differentiation between it and the original material
created by the institution operating the site.