PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment for coccygodynia

PRP treatment can help heal the causes of coccyx pain due to injury, infection, fracture or vaginal birth.

Coccydynia is the medical name for coccyx pain. Not to be confused with back pain. Coccydynia is a rare condition that is more common in women than in men. To date, conventional medicine has no cure for it, and until recently doctors did not fully understand this type of pain. PRP therapy for coccydynia may be a possible and effective cure. However, this treatment option is still being studied and may not be easily prescribed by a doctor. 

The causes of coccygodynia (tailbone pain)

The coccyx is the lower part of the spine and sits between the buttocks. It consists of 3 to 5 vertebrae together with cartilage, fibres and other tissues. The tail supports your weight when you sit. Different causes can cause tail pain or tail ache. And the pain can get worse when you sit or do activities that press on the base of your spine. Read on to understand some of the typical causes of the condition that PRP can help with coccidinium:

  • Severe case when you land on your tailbone. 
  • Injuries in the pelvic area.
  • Sitting on a hard surface for too long. 
  • Injury during vaginal delivery. 
  • Tumours in the coccyx area.
  • Fracture or other injury. 
  • Bone infection. 
  • Gynaecological diseases
  • Sitting in a poor position for a long time, weakening the ligaments that support the coccyx. 

How does PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy work?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that takes your own blood and concentrates its healing properties by isolating the growth factor and healing factor-rich plasma in a serum. A small amount of blood is taken and then centrifuged to separate the platelets from the other cells. These substances recruit cells and promote the healing process. 

Case studies have shown the effectiveness of PRP treatment for coccydynia.

Patient: 17-year-old female

Case description: The patient had 6 months of non-traumatic coccyx pain aggravated by sitting. 

Results: The patient reported a 70% improvement in pain and tolerance to sitting after 70 weeks. Six months after the injection, her pain had decreased to 100% and she remained pain-free at the 12-month follow-up. 

Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31960759/

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