Coccyx pain much better after cupping

Abdulla Almorran

I am 44 year old male. In 1998 I injured my coccyx as I fell down in my office (I stood up to pick a file, the chair moved back which I did not noticed and within seconds I badly fell on my coccyx on hard office floor). The pain was unbelievable.

This is the medical specialist's report about my condition:

"The clinical picture indicates coccygeal injury. X-rays of the coccyx show an anterior displacement of the distal coccygeal segment. On top of that, the patient must have strained his lumbo-sacral spine. Examination confirms lumbo-sacral tenderness. There is no neurological deficit. CT scan showed no disk prolapse. The patient should persevere with his physical therapy program and continue his exercise and should refrain form long sitting positions" (5th October 1998).

For the past 5 years, I went though physical therapy program, spine rehabilitation exercises and have been sitting on air ring cushion all the time. I felt much better, but due to the nature of my office job, I did not refrain from "long" sitting positions! The pain in the tailbone area came back but very severe. I went back to the same specialist and he submitted the following report:

"This patient complains of low back pain with coccydynia and also complains of left thigh radiation of pain, with sensory changes affecting the left leg. The patient also admits heaviness and tightness affecting the left knee at the posterior aspect with notable swelling. Examination showed that the left knee has a full range of motion but he has a Baker cyst* posteriorly. Neurological examination of the left leg was within normal range. Examination of the lumbar spine showed tenderness over the coccygeal area. Recent plain x-ray of the coccyx showed persistent subluxation of the coccyx. The patient should take care not to sit or stand for lengthy period of time." (5th June 2002).

I have now resumed my physical therapy program. As I can move around, I was advised not to go for the operation (remove coccyx). I think I have to live with this situation.

On 2nd July, 2002, I had an 'Islamic cupping', and I feel much much better. I can now sit for longer periods without pain around the coccyx area. I am very happy for this improvement In my medical condition. I will keep you posted of any development.

Thank you again & regards.

Abdulla Almorran

Kingdom of Bahrain

*From an arthritis web site:

What is a Baker cyst?

A Baker cyst, also called a popliteal cyst, is swelling caused by knee joint fluid protruding to the back of the knee (popliteal area of the knee). The name is in memory of the physician who originally described the condition, the British surgeon William Morrant Baker (1839-1896).

What causes a Baker cyst?

Baker cysts are not uncommon and can be caused by virtually any cause of joint swelling (arthritis). The most common form of arthritis associated with Baker cysts is osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis. Baker cysts also can result from cartilage tears (such as a torn meniscus), rheumatoid arthritis, and other knee problems.

Updated 2002-07-07

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