Severe or chronic pelvic pain can have a major impact on your day-to-day life, especially if movement aggravates it. At Southern Pain and Spine in Gainesville and Jasper, Georgia, Ankur Patel, DO, RPH, Jordan Tate, MD, MPH, and the team take a patient-focused approach to pelvic pain with physical therapy and rehabilitation, in-office services, and medication management. Find out how to manage your pelvic pain by calling the office for an appointment or booking online today.
Pelvic pain is any discomfort that originates in the pelvis. It can come from smooth muscle, nerve irritation, or the pelvic floor muscles that support your organs. In many cases, the underlying cause is difficult to identify.
While some pelvic pain comes and goes or only lasts for a short period of time, pelvic pain that lasts for longer than six months and doesn’t improve with mild treatment is chronic pelvic pain. At Southern Pain and Spine, the team can help you manage chronic pelvic pain to get you back to your everyday activities with less discomfort and better overall function.
Pelvic pain can originate in any of the internal organs in your pelvis or from the muscles and tissues in the region. The pelvis contains organs from your reproductive system, urinary system, and digestive system, which can all experience complications leading to pain or pressure. It can also come from nerve problems.
Many cases of pelvic pain stem from the female reproductive system and involve complications with the uterus, cervix, or ovaries. However, both men and women can experience the symptom. Some of the most common causes of pelvic pain are:
When you come to Southern Pain and Spine for an evaluation, the team assesses your symptoms and the characteristics of your pelvic pain. Finding out if it’s localized or widespread can help with making a diagnosis as well as other details about the pain’s onset and severity.
The team at Southern Pain and Spine customizes your care plan according to your diagnosis, the severity of your pelvic pain, and your overall health. They specialize in pain management through rehabilitation and aim to minimize or eliminate the need for narcotic pain medications. Treatment for pelvic pain might involve:
Physical therapy for pelvic pain aims to restore strength and function to the pelvic floor muscles and other tissues in the pelvis. Your physical therapist guides you through exercises and movements that build up the targeted muscles and help reduce your pain.
Sometimes, medications are a necessary part of treating pelvic pain. Anti-inflammatory medications, oral contraceptives, and antibiotics can help with the underlying causes of pelvic pain.
Procedures in the office of Southern Pain and Spine may be a part of your pelvic pain care plan. These include radiofrequency ablation for aggravated nerves or injections such as epidural spinal injections. Spinal cord stimulation with an implanted device may also be an option to manage your chronic pelvic pain.
Schedule your appointment for pelvic pain with Southern Pain and Spine by calling the nearest office or requesting a referral online today.