A coccygeal nerve block refers to a minimally invasive treatment approach for chronic pain in the lower back, specifically in the rectum and the tailbone, which is also known as the coccyx. Pain in the lower region of the back affects many individuals.
During the procedure
Injections are made into the joint between the top of the triangular bone at the base of the spine and the base of the tailbone (the sacroccygeal junction).
The patient lies facedown on an x-ray table while numbing medication and then steroids are injected into the into the sacroccygeal junction using fluoroscopic guidance for precise delivery. The procedure takes 15 to 30 minutes, with about 45 minutes recovery. Discomfort during the procedure should be minimal.
Usually a coccygeal block will provide significant relief for individuals who are suffering from tailbone pain.