Case Report  |   June 2019
Osteopathic Approach to the Treatment of a Patient With an Atypical Presentation of Coccydynia
Author Notes
  • From Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •   Address correspondence to Karlbuto Alexandre, OMS IV, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, 42 E Laurel Rd, Stratford, NJ 08084-1354. Email: alexandrk2@rowan.edu
     
Article Information
Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders / Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment / Pain Management/Palliative Care / Psychiatry
Case Report   |   June 2019
Osteopathic Approach to the Treatment of a Patient With an Atypical Presentation of Coccydynia
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2019, Vol. 119, 395-400. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2019.069
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2019, Vol. 119, 395-400. doi:https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2019.069
Abstract

A 21-year-old man with atypical coccydynia that radiated bilaterally to his thigh and lower back came for treatment 10 years after coccyx trauma. Pertinent review of systems showed unintentional weight loss of 20 lb over the past 1 to 3 years, a body mass index of 14.94, significant depression, and poor concentration. In addition to treating his pain, we addressed the weight loss and depression that he was experiencing by advising a balanced diet, discovering the origins of what the patient believed caused his depression, and using osteopathic manipulative treatment. The patient was treated with osteopathic manipulative treatment to alleviate somatic dysfunctions diagnosed in the head, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral regions. At follow-up visits, the patient described a reduction in his pain symptoms from an initial 5 out of 10 to 3 out of 10 on his third visit. This case report outlines the importance of using a holistic approach when treating patients and advocates for using osteopathic manipulative treatment as a viable treatment option for patients with coccydynia.

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