Pelvic Pain is an internal or external pain around the pelvis and/or genital areas. From an American medical study, 1 in every 7 women suffers from pelvic pain especially those between 18-50 years. Besides, the condition generally affects 20% of the entire United States’ population including men. However, you can say goodbye to the condition at Oklahoma Physical Therapy. But what causes pelvic pain?
Causes of Pelvic Pain
This pain felt in the lower abdomen becomes chronic or severe if it exceeds 6 months of consistent pain. The following are some of the main causes of pelvic pain:
- Muscle weakness around the pelvic region
- Prolapse – where pelvic organs shifts
- Problems related to pelvic joints
- Scar tissue due to surgery
- Pressure on pelvic nerves
- Diseases like ovarian cysts, appendicitis, and infection in the reproductive organs
- Having tender points in pelvic muscles
Signs and Symptoms of Pelvic Pain
This pain manifests differently to its victims from aching to burning pains, sharp to needle-like pains, stabbing pain to pins. Besides, others have pain in the pubic bone, buttock, pelvic joints, and hip bone while others experience heaviness sensation around the pelvis. The following are more signs:
- Some pain during sex
- Inability or reduced to move your lower back
- Inability to sit for stipulated periods
- Some numbness and/or pain during exercises
- Pain when urinating
- Imbalanced walking
- Pain when there are movements in the bowel
- Frequent urination
- Some difficulty when walking, working or sleeping
How Do Our Physical Therapists Help You?
Our trained physical therapist at Oklahoma Physical Therapy will conduct a thorough diagnosis to identify the cause(s) of your pelvic pain. The physical examination they conduct involves sensation testing, an internal assessment of the pelvic muscles and/or tissues, reflex testing, screening of the pelvic girdle, and/or visual inspection of the pelvic tissues.
When planning your consequent care, our physical therapists will show you how to identify the tender muscles, how to care for them in your daily activities, the exercises to carry out to strengthen those fragile muscles and will follow you up to know your progress. Book your appointment with us today and start your journey to your well-being.