How Do I Know if I Have Pelvic Pain?

So what exactly IS pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain is any pain in the lower abdomen, genital region, tailbone, pubic bone, back of your pelvis, upper groin, or the back of the hips.  Sometimes even low back pain or front hip pain can be considered pelvic pain.  Pain in any or several of these areas can be a sign of pelvic floor dysfunction.  Many times, low back pain or hip pain can have pelvic floor muscle involvement.  

Pain arising from the pelvic floor can come in many varieties: aching, cramping, burning, sharpness, etc.  It can occur with certain activities like walking or positions like sitting.  It can also happen with sexual activity, pelvic exams, tampon use, urination or bowel movements, or around certain parts of women’s menstrual cycles.  It can happen with even just gentle touch to the genital region. It can occur at any age, with any gender, and regardless of childbearing status.

By the time my clients come in to see me, usually their pelvic pain has persisted for months or years, and all testing has come back negative for any organ, bone, or skin involvement.  Some people have been convinced that their pain must be all in their head because no one can find out what’s wrong with them.  The thing is that a lot of medical providers (not all!) do not examine the pelvic floor muscles as part of a pain workup.  Pelvic floor PT to the rescue!

During a pelvic floor physical therapy evaluation, we can determine what role (if any) your pelvic floor is playing in your symptoms.  We can rule in or rule out your spine or hips as contributors.  We can finally get to the bottom (pun intended) of this mystery pain that has eluded resolution for so long.

Don’t suffer in silence.  Don’t settle for living with this pain.  There are so many things that can be done to help!

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