What are the Causes of Pelvic Pain?


Your pelvis is an area of the body that you probably do not pay much attention to. That is until it’s hurt. When your pelvis is in pain, it can become difficult to stand up or for you to support your body in general.

Pelvic pain can vary in its causes. Many cases of pelvic pain are temporary. These are usually related to cramping associated with menstruation or pain caused by kidney stones. However, pelvic pain can also be the sign of something more serious.

It’s important to pay attention to the symptoms associated with your pelvic pain. If your pelvic pain is accompanied by vomiting, bleeding, incontinence, constipation, diarrhea, bloating or any other concerning symptom, you should seek medical attention.

Common causes of pelvic pain

Treating pelvic pain depends on many factors like your age and medical history, but it especially depends on the cause of your pain. Knowing the cause of your pain helps physical therapists develop a customized treatment plan that meets your needs.

Common causes of pelvic pain include:

  • Appendicitis — Pain associated with appendicitis tends to be isolated to the lower-right side of your body and is accompanied by vomiting and fever. This is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.
  • Postpartum conditions — Pregnancy and childbirth can cause strain and damage to the muscles and ligaments in your pelvis, which causes pain and makes it difficult for your pelvic floor to support your body.
  • Post-surgical pain — If you undergo an operation that requires an incision in this sensitive area, it can be painful and difficult to live with while recovering. Plus, scar tissue can form, which limits your mobility.

Additionally, cysts, pregnancy disorders, STDs, irritable bowel syndrome and infections are connected with causing pelvic pain.

Physical therapy can help reduce pelvic pain in many cases where the pelvic floor is not strong enough to support your body. These treatments focus on strengthening and stretching the muscles so your pelvic floor can be strong and less prone to pain.

Would you like to speak with a physical therapist at Whatcom Physical Therapy about pelvic pain treatment? Contact us today to find out how we can help you.