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What is it?
This condition is an inflammation of the tip of the coccyx, or tip of the tailbone. Coccyx is the Greek word for “cuckoo,” aptly named after the way that the anatomy bears a striking similarity to a bird’s beak with the tip pointed down.
The suffix “-dynia” means pain, so the term is quite literally “coccyx pain.” Coccydynia can cause pain and tenderness between the buttocks, which can be particularly sharp during activities such as sitting, rising from a seated to standing position, or standing for long periods of time.