Coccyx.org site policy

History

I created this site in 1998, because I could find little useful information about coccydynia on the internet (you can read about my injury and treatments here). At first the site was in my personal web space on Compuserve, then I bought the coccyx.org domain in 2000. My first aim was to create the kind of website that I would have liked to find when I first injured myself. As the site developed, it was shaped by the suggestions that people made, and by the questions that people asked me. I have tried to make it easy to find the information that you want.

At the start of 2016, the site is being visited by about 100,000 different people a month.

Ownership

This site, www.coccyx.org, is owned and run by me, Jon Miles. It contains no advertising, accepts no sponsorship and does not use cookies to track your behaviour. I am responsible for what appears. You can contact me here.

Purpose

The purpose of the site is to provide information on coccyx pain to help sufferers and to inform health professionals. Because the site is mainly aimed at the general public, I have attempted to avoid medical jargon where possible, and to write clearly for everyone, even if they are not native speakers of English. If any part is not clear, please let me know.

Contents

The contents are written by me, unless it is clear from the context that they are written by someone else. Some contents, such as abstracts of medical papers, are copied from elsewhere on the Web. Over 2,000 people have posted their stories, and hundreds of sufferers, doctors, manual therapists of various kinds and other medical practitioners have contributed suggestions or material to the website. Private emails are quoted only with the permission of the sender, who can remain anonymous if they wish. If anyone wishes to have their contribution removed, I will remove it.

Accuracy

I am not a doctor, and make no claim to medical expertise. The contents are as accurate as I can make them, though I can give no guarantees. If you see any errors or omissions, please let me know, and I will put them right.

Copyright

I claim copyright on the contents of this site. But you may use the material here in any way you wish, except for commercial gain.

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  1. Authority Any medical or health advice provided and hosted on this site will only be given by medically trained and qualified professionals unless a clear statement is made that a piece of advice offered is from a non-medically qualified individual or organisation.
  2. Complementarity The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician.
  3. Confidentiality Confidentiality of data relating to individual patients and visitors to a medical/health Web site, including their identity, is respected by this Web site. The Web site owners undertake to honour or exceed the legal requirements of medical/health information privacy that apply in the country and state where the Web site and mirror sites are located.
  4. Attribution Where appropriate, information contained on this site will be supported by clear references to source data and, where possible, have specific HTML links to that data. The date when a clinical page was last modified will be clearly displayed (e.g. at the bottom of the page).
  5. Justifiability Any claims relating to the benefits/performance of a specific treatment, commercial product or service will be supported by appropriate, balanced evidence in the manner outlined above in Principle 4..
  6. Transparency of authorship The designers of this Web site will seek to provide information in the clearest possible manner and provide contact addresses for visitors that seek further information or support. The Webmaster will display his/her E-mail address clearly throughout the Web site.
  7. Transparency of sponsorship Support for this Web site will be clearly identified, including the identities of commercial and non-commercial organisations that have contributed funding, services or material for the site.
  8. Honesty in advertising and editorial policy If advertising is a source of funding it will be clearly stated. A brief description of the advertising policy adopted by the Web site owners will be displayed on the site. Advertising and other promotional material will be presented to viewers in a manner and context that facilitates differentiation between it and the original material created by the institution operating the site.

Updated 2016-02-10

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