NMM/OMTCase Report

Osteopathic Approach to the Treatment of a Patient With an Atypical Presentation of Coccydynia

Karlbuto Alexandre, OMS IV, and Millicent King Channell, DO, MA
Notes and Affiliations
Notes and Affiliations

Received: July 3, 2018

Accepted: July 17, 2018

Published: June 1, 2019

J Osteopath Med; 119(6): 395-400

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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