Pelvic Pain…There is Help
Pelvic pain is a general term used to describe debilitating discomfort in the pelvic region. Pelvic pain can occur at any time in a man’s or woman’s life, frequently causing significant emotional distress and adversely affecting his/her quality of life.
Chronic pelvic pain occurs when symptoms persist longer than three months. If chronic pelvic pain goes untreated, additional bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction may develop.
Why Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapists are experts in treating the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, joints and surrounding tissues of the body). Physical therapists that are specifically trained in pelvic health can safely and effectively help persons who suffer from pelvic pain.
Specially trained Physical Therapists can evaluate and treat:
• Improper alignment or impaired mobility of the pelvic bones and joints
• Overactive pelvic muscles (muscle spasm)
• Underactive pelvic muscles (muscle weakness)
• Restrictions or impaired mobility of ligaments, tendons, or connective tissues and structures
Prenatal and Postpartum issues that can be addressed with physical therapy include:
• Low back/ Sacroiliac/ Sciatic Pain
• Pubic Symphysis dysfunction
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Urinary incontinence
• Abdominal weakness or pain/ Diastasis recti
• Painful scars
• Pelvic organ prolapse
• Painful intercourse
Addressing these issues with an evaluation from a pelvic physical therapist can help to reduce symptoms and prevent future problems. Please feel free to contact us for an evaluation.