Pelvic pain is a common condition that affects many individuals, including both men and women. It refers to pain that occurs in the lower part of the abdomen, pelvic area, or between the hip bones. Pelvic pain can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, and it is essential to understand the causes and treatment options available.
Causes of Pelvic Pain
There are several possible causes of pelvic pain, including:
- Gynecological issues: In women, pelvic pain can be caused by gynecological problems such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, or pelvic inflammatory disease.
- Urological issues: In men and women, pelvic pain can be caused by urological problems such as urinary tract infections, kidney stones, or bladder issues.
- Digestive issues: Digestive problems, such as inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome, can cause pelvic pain.
- Musculoskeletal issues: Pelvic pain can also be caused by musculoskeletal problems, such as muscle spasms or pelvic floor dysfunction.
- Neurologic issues: Pelvic pain can be caused by nerve entrapment or damage, such as pudendal neuralgia.
Pelvic Pain Treatment
The treatment options for pelvic pain depend on the underlying cause of the pain. Some treatment options include:
- Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help to manage mild to moderate pelvic pain. In more severe cases, prescription medications may be necessary.
- Physical therapy: Pelvic floor physical therapy can help to improve muscle strength and reduce pain.
- Injection therapies: Corticosteroid injections, nerve blocks and trigger point injections can help to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat the underlying cause of the pelvic pain, such as removing ovarian cysts or fibroids.
Most interventional pain procedures are done at the onsite procedure suite.
Don’t let pelvic pain keep you from living your life. Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center is dedicated to providing personalized and compassionate care to help you achieve pain relief and improve your overall well-being. Call Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center or book an appointment online today.