Chronic Pelvic Pain Management
Pelvic pain is a common issue that affects both men and women, causing discomfort in the area below the belly button and between the hips. The nature and intensity of pelvic pain may vary, and its cause is often unclear. Pelvic pain can be categorized as either acute (sudden and severe) or chronic (lasting for months or longer).
At Opal Physio, we offer a range of chronic pelvic pain management services tailored to the specific needs of both male and female patients. Our team of skilled physical therapists is dedicated to providing personalized and effective treatment plans to help you regain control of your life and alleviate the discomfort associated with pelvic pain.
What is pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain is a common problem that can be acute (sudden and severe) or chronic (lasting for months or longer). It can arise from various sources, including the reproductive, urinary, and digestive systems, as well as muscles and connective tissues in the pelvic floor.
Some common conditions in women that can lead to chronic pelvic pain include menstrual cramps, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, scar tissue, and reproductive tract cancers.
Common conditions that can cause chronic pelvic pain in men include an enlarged prostate, interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, prostatitis and other digestive problems.
Symptoms of chronic pelvic pain
Chronic pelvic pain is pain in the pelvic area that lasts six months or longer. It can have multiple causes and can be a symptom of another disease or a condition in its own right. The main symptom is pain that lasts for more than six months, but there are usually other symptoms as well. The nature and intensity of the pain may fluctuate, and its cause is often unclear.
Some common ways to describe chronic pelvic pain include:
- Severe and steady pain
- Pain that comes and goes (intermittent)
- Dull aching
- Sharp pains or cramping
- Pressure or heaviness deep in the pelvic area
Additional symptoms related to chronic pelvic pain may include:
- Vaginal bleeding, spotting, or discharge
- Menstrual pain
- Painful urination (dysuria)
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Bloating or gas
- Rectal bleeding (bleeding when you poop)
Chronic pelvic pain can be associated with various conditions, such as endometriosis, adenomyosis, urinary tract problems, digestive system problems, and gynecologic problems. In some cases, the cause of chronic pelvic pain remains unknown. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the cause of the pain and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Services offered for chronic pelvic pain management at Opal Physio
Pelvic health physiotherapy: Physical therapy, including exercises targeting the pelvic floor muscles, which can be beneficial in easing pelvic pain. Our clinic offers personalized physical therapy programs that may include specific exercises, biofeedback techniques, or pelvic floor muscle training.
Mind/Body techniques: Incorporating relaxation techniques such as breathwork, guided imagery, and stretches can help patients cope with chronic pain and improve their overall well-being.
Education on lifestyle modifications: Recommendations for lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy diet, and engaging in regular physical activity, can help alleviate pelvic pain.
Multidisciplinary approach: Our clinic recognizes that chronic pelvic pain rarely results from a single issue, so we bring together a team of specialists with diverse training to customize your care. This coordinated, compassionate approach ensures you receive an accurate diagnosis and effective pain relief.
Our clinic provides comprehensive pelvic pain management services for both men and women. By offering a range of treatments and therapies tailored to each patient’s specific needs, we aim to help you find relief from pelvic pain and improve your overall quality of life.