What is pelvic pain?

Pelvic Pain Treatment

When considering pelvic pain treatment, it is important to understand how this pain affects and relates to your entire body. Often, the body will compensate for pain or weakness in one area by placing extra weight and strain on another. Whatcom Physical Therapy answers what pelvic pain is, how it affects you and your pelvic pain treatment options.

What is the pelvis?

The pelvis is a large skeletal structure located underneath your abdomen and above your thighs. It connects to the spine from above and the hips from either side. The pelvis must bear the weight of the upper body while sitting or standing and provide an anchor for the legs while walking. It is the literal core of your body which is why you would want to seek pelvic pain treatment if you experience discomfort that lasts for an extended period of time.

What causes pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain can be very common in women and the most common causes include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Pregnancy
  • Inflammation of the bones, joints and tendons of the pelvic area

What symptoms accompany pelvic pain?

Depending on what is causing your pelvic pain, your symptoms may vary. Pain during urination or bowel movements is common in patients with IBS. You may experience cramping or discomfort during intercourse.

A constant dull aching sensation or heavy pressure is also common. If symptoms are severe enough to disrupt your daily routine, seek pelvic pain treatment from a medical professional immediately.

How Whatcom Physical Therapy can help

Fortunately, there are physical therapy pelvic pain treatment options that can help relieve symptoms. Myofascial release or trigger point therapy can help ease tension and reduce inflammation. Exercises designed to strengthen the pelvic area and improve posture can reduce pelvic discomfort. Finally, learning deep breathing exercises while engaging the diaphragm can encourage pelvic floor muscles to relax and lengthen.

The therapists of Whatcom Physical Therapists are experts in helping patients meet their rehabilitative goals. If you are considering pelvic pain treatment, contact one of our friendly staff today to set up your initial appointment.