The effect of injection therapy and operation of coccydynia on the schooling and physical activity of adolescent patients
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Original versionOrthopedic Reviews. 2020, 12 (3), 140-142. 10.4081/or.2020.8619
Pain while sitting is the most common complaint among patients with Coccydynia. In young patients this may seriously affect their schooling which usually involves long periods of sitting. We studied if this improved after either injection therapy or surgery. During a seven-year period 32 adolescents with a mean age of 15 (range: 11-17) years were treated in our department because of coccydynia. They were followed up with mailed questionnaires at a minimum of 12 months after treatment and 28 (88%) responded. Three were no longer attending school and were excluded. Of the remainder, 12 received only injection therapy while 13 were operated upon. Mean follow-up time was 36 (14-66) months. Eight reported absence from school during the month before treatment, but only one during the week before review (p<0.01). There was significant improvement in sitting during class and physical exercise at school and when engaging in general sports (p<0.01). We can not exclude that improvements would have occurred spontaneously, but this seems unlikely as symptoms had persisted for more than two years before treatment. We conclude that in juveniles, an additional benefit of treating coccydynia with corticosteroid injection or operative resection is that their ability to attend school and take part in sports improves significantly.