Pelvic Floor

What Could Be Causing My Pelvic Pain?

May 9, 2023

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The importance of treating any pelvic pain that you have cannot be overstated. This is due to the fact that many different conditions can cause pelvic pain, and some may require more immediate medical attention than others.

If you experience persistent or severe symptoms, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible in order to determine the underlying cause of your discomfort and begin appropriate treatment.

Pelvic floor pain is quite common, affecting up to one in four women at some point during their lifetime. Pain in this area can range from mild to extreme and can even cause issues with mobility or activities of daily living.

Common causes of pelvic floor pain include endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, vaginal infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, and muscle spasm disorders.

Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments available for those suffering from pelvic floor pain. Depending on the underlying cause of your symptoms, treatment options may include physical therapy, medications such as anti-inflammatories or analgesics, lifestyle changes like exercise or dietary modifications, and even surgery if necessary.

Additionally, alternative therapies such as acupuncture or yoga have been known to provide relief for some people with pelvic floor pain. It is important to work closely with your doctor to identify the best treatment plan for you and your particular condition. With proper care and management, it is possible to reduce or eliminate your symptoms and improve overall quality of life.

Here are some of the causes of pelvic pain and we talk a little about the type of treatment you can get in order to alleviate or relieve pain due to the issues mentioned below. 

What Could Be Causing My Pelvic Pain?

1. Pelvic floor dysfunction: Pelvic floor dysfunction can cause pelvic pain, difficulty urinating or defecating, and pain during sexual activity. Physical therapy treatment for this condition may include manual therapy to release tight muscles in the area, biofeedback and electrical stimulation of the pelvic muscles to strengthen them, and specific exercises to improve coordination of the pelvic muscles.

2. Abdominal Muscle Dysfunction: Weakness or tightness in abdominal muscles can lead to instability and pain in the pelvis as well as other areas of the body. Treatment may include core strengthening exercises to improve strength and endurance of these muscles, posture education to help restore proper alignment, soft tissue mobilization and massage to improve flexibility, and balance training to help maintain good body mechanics.

3. Hip Dysfunction: Weakness or tightness in the muscles surrounding the hip can contribute to pelvic pain as well as other areas of dysfunction throughout the body. Physical therapy treatment for this condition includes manual therapy to release tight muscles, specific exercises to strengthen weak muscles or improve range of motion, core stability exercises for improved control of movement patterns, posture education for proper alignment, and gait retraining for improved walking mechanics.

4. Stress/Anxiety: Stress and anxiety can manifest in the body as pain or other issues and can be treated through physical therapy by addressing related muscle tightness and weakness, teaching relaxation techniques to manage stress levels, improving postural awareness to reduce tension and strain on muscles, providing education on proper body mechanics to help minimize risk of re-injury, and additional strategies specific to individual needs.

How Can Physical Therapy Help With Your Pelvic Pain?

Physical therapy is a great way to improve the health of a person and prevent and alleviate pelvic pain. Physical therapists use hands-on techniques, exercises, and other treatments to help strengthen muscles, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility in the pelvis area.

Physical therapy can treat existing pelvic pain. Therapists tailor treatment plans based on each individual’s needs which may involve stretches or specific massage techniques.

These treatments can help reduce muscle spasms, increase circulation, and decrease pain levels while helping the patient become more aware of their body and how to move correctly.

Physical therapy is a great way to prevent future pelvic pain by increasing awareness of proper body mechanics and movement patterns. Physical therapists can help patients identify their potential problem areas. We also create an exercise plan that helps strengthen the area’s muscles so the patient can reduce their risk for future injury or pain.

Experiencing Pelvic Pain And Want To Get Answers On What Could Be Causing It?

Have you been experiencing pelvic pain and aren’t sure what could be causing it or if you are making matters worse? Empower PT & Pilates offers a Pelvic Floor Pain Assessment. This is a great way to start the conversation on the next steps in your treatment if you are experiencing pain.

We want to help, so contact our Arvada location today to schedule a time to come see us.  Contact our team or schedule a Pelvic Floor Pain Assessment. We will begin talking about different treatment plans for the pain you are experiencing. 

All you need to do is tell us a bit about what’s going on through this quick form.

You can also give us a call at (720) 722-0685. 

See you soon,

Dr. Casey

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