Old tailbone trauma causing problems

Deborah - bonds5957@charter.net

I'm hoping someone can give me advice from their experience; as I have a problem since I have coccyx pain and am a dressage rider (form of English horseback riding).

I have nothing like most of the posters in this forum; I can function well doing most everyday tasks and I only suffer acute pain after I ride or sit on my tailbone. I really feel for people with more serious injury as this REALLY hurts!

I'm not sure when this pain started but I've always thought it to be related to a fall (off a horse) more than 15 years ago. I have only been to my family physician for this so far and he has referred me to an orthopedist. I'm not sure whether to go as it will be expensive and I do not want to make it worse.

My tailbone hurts intensely within an hour of riding with what's known as a 'deep seat' in dressage. It doesn't hurt while riding, unless I rode recently and it is still sore, but the pain lasts for days each time. It hurts not while sitting, but when standing up. I am 'getting back into serious riding' (meaning training and competition) after a hiatus of about 10 years.

I'm specifically interested in saddle covers that would help if anyone has specific knowledge. I know my problem is small compared to most, but it is still troubling to me. If anyone can help it would be really appreciated.

-Southern dressage rider

Note from Jon Miles - see saddle pad for horse riding

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