What is pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain refers to the pain in the pelvis, lower abdomen, and perineum area (between the rectum and vagina). It is commonly experienced by women and there could be several reasons behind that. The pain becomes chronic pain if it lasts for over six months. Pelvic pain physiotherapy helps to restore strength, flexibility, and function in the muscles and joints in the pelvic area.
It helps people to regain good health and be able to perform their daily activities. The physical therapists provide hands-on care, education, and training, and prescribe exercises during the treatment to improve your quality of life.
If you are suffering from pelvic pain, you must see a pelvic pain physiotherapist for an evaluation. However, if you are not sure about having the condition, here are the symptoms of pelvic pain:
- Reduction in ability to move hips and lower back
- Difficulty in sitting for a longer period
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Urinary incontinence, frequency, urgency, or pain during urination
- Constipation or pain in bowel movements
- Feeling of pain or numbness in pelvic organs while exercising, like running or riding
- Problems in sexual penetration
What are the causes of Pelvic Pain?
There are several causes of pelvic pain, such as
- Pelvic joint problems
- Pressure on one or more nerves in the pelvis region
- Pregnancy and childbirth that severely affect pelvic floor muscles and results in changes in pelvic joints
- Changes in muscles that have control over bladder or bowel
- Weakness or imbalance in the pelvic floor muscles, pelvis, or trunk
- Scar tissues after pelvic surgery
- Pelvic organ prolapse in which the position of pelvic organs changes
What are the conditions that can cause Pelvic Pain?
- Pubic symphysis pain
- Low back pain
What is Pelvic Pain Physiotherapy?
Pelvic pain arises from a pelvic floor muscle problem which can be treated by specialized therapy, known as pelvic floor physiotherapy.
Pelvic pain physical therapy may not work for all, but it is still effective for most women. A female practitioner who is specialized in the knowledge of the pelvic region of women usually performs it.
Under physical therapy, the therapists review your medical history and conduct a physical assessment to identify the causes of the pelvic pain. They look for pelvic floor dysfunction, muscle tightness or weakness, nerve issues, joint issues, etc to help you find relief.
Who does Pelvic Plain Physiotherapy Treatment Include?
Pelvic Pain Physiotherapy includes pain management and coping strategies that can help a patient recover from this problem.
Under this, physical therapists also provide education and training to the patients about how psychological factors such as pain-related fear and anxiety may affect the sexual activity and other day-to-day activities.
It includes informing patients about the importance of exercise in daily life. Physiotherapists aim to help patients to pace their activities. However, the process is taken slow, otherwise, patients who are overactive may experience constant pain.
Physical therapy also provides information about painful intercourse, muscle relaxation, pelvic floor exercises for women, and vaginal dilation. The treatment is designed to reduce the fear of pain and other related conditions that are associated with sexual activity.
How do Pelvic Pain Physiotherapists work?
The pelvic pain physiotherapist begins with the assessment of your pelvic region to identify the problem and the causes for it. Then, they create a customized treatment plan according to your individual needs and goals. They help you to:
- Identify your pelvic floor muscles, deep abdominals, and diaphragm.
- Use the pelvic muscles properly. To do this, physical therapists advise activities such as performing exercises, correcting posture, getting up from a chair, squats, etc.
- Perform the pelvic floor exercises with the proper techniques.
- Perform exercises that require you to stretch and strengthen the affected pelvic floor muscles. They assist you to help your muscles work together in the best way.
- Get back to your health when you have no pelvic pain or difficulty in performing everyday activities.
When should you see a Pelvic Pain Physiotherapist?
Pelvic pain shouldn’t be ignored or taken lightly. If untreated, it can cause several problems or become worse affecting the quality of your life.
People who are experiencing problems in their pelvic region can talk to our pelvic floor physiotherapist to get a consultation and start with treatment soon.
At Proremedy Physiotherapy, our physical therapist creates the right treatment plan for your condition. They will help you to restore pelvic floor muscles’ strength and movement so that you can get relief from the pain and move around freely with no difficulty.
You can book an appointment with us to get help immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if pelvic pain is getting serious?
If you suffer with pelvic pain or cramps (especially one side), nausea, vaginal bleeding, dizziness, etc. then probably your symptoms are becoming worse. At this point of time, you need to avail medical help urgently. Otherwise, it can be very serious for your life.
How long does it take or pelvic pain to go away?
It is hard to specify a time in which the pelvic pain may go away. Every woman has a different body and health conditions, so the pain may last for long in one’s body and for only brief time in someone else’s. However, when the cause of the pain is identified and treated, the pain is most likely to go away faster.
How does a physio check the pelvic floor?
The treatment for chronic pelvic pain includes strengthening exercises, pain relievers, antibiotics, antidepressants, hormone treatments, and more. This helps the patients to restore their health and find relief from the issues that are affecting their health badly.
Where do we feel the pelvic pain in our body?
Pelvic pain occurs primarily in the lower abdomen area. The pain could be steady or may come and go. Some women might feel a sharp and stabbing pain in a specific area or a dull pain which is felt all over the body. If you start feeling severe pain or other symptoms, it can severely affect your everyday activities.
How can I sit with pelvic pain?
If you have pelvic pain, you should sit on a padded surface, instead of a hard one. A hard surface may cause extra pressure on your pelvic region leading you in a state of discomfort on the bony structures, especially at the pelvis area. You can sit with your buttocks at the back of the seat and allow your back to rest.