A recent study from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital suggests removing the coccyx or tailbone is a safe and effective way to treat this problem.
The operation is called a coccygectomy and gives permanent pain relief in 90 percent of all patients.
Other more conservative treatment includes injections of a numbing agent with a steroid. This is only successful in about 20 percent of all patients. Physical therapy can bring relief in some cases. Chiropractors can manipulate the coccyx if malalignment is the problem.