Why you need physical therapy for chronic pelvic pain treatment

Pelvic Pain

Treating pelvic pain is an area of specialty that is gaining traction in physical therapy clinics across the United States. It’s important because pelvic pain affects many women and a significant amount of men too. 

Some occasional pelvic pain, like a minor pulled groin, is a normal part of life, but long-lasting and intense pain may need attention from a physical therapist. You’ll know you need treatment for chronic pelvic pain if:

  • You’ve had pelvic pain for more than a few months.
  • The pain is growing worse or gets worse during physical activities, including sex.
  • You’re having trouble sleeping because of the pain.
  • The pain is causing mood shifts.
  • The pain is causing loss of bladder or bowel control.

Pelvic pain is often related to tension and lack of strength in the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the pelvic region. However, it can also be related to a more serious condition that requires emergency medical assistance. If you have one of these symptoms or if you have any doubts, please visit a medical professional for immediate attention:

  • Blood in urine or stool
  • Cramping or pain in the entire abdominal region
  • Sharp and sudden pain in the pelvis or abdomen

Treating chronic pelvic pain with physical therapy

Since pelvic pain is frequently related to musculoskeletal issues, people often visit physical therapists for assistance. Physical therapy treatments for pelvic pain are helpful in many ways, including:

  • Physical therapy helps to reduce pain — Physical therapists can guide you a customized routine to exercise and stretch your pelvic floor muscles. This helps in improving support for your pelvis and reducing pain.
  • Physical therapy can improve your range of motion — Physical therapists use manual therapy techniques to mobilize the joints and soft tissues in your pelvic region. This helps reduce tension in the muscles and improves the range of motion in your joints.
  • Physical therapy can help you relax — Sometimes, pelvic pain likes to stick around despite your best treatment efforts. In these cases, physical therapists can guide you through relaxation techniques that help you manage the pain.

Visit Whatcom Physical Therapy for chronic pelvic pain treatment

Do you suffer from chronic pelvic pain? Don’t let pelvic pain control how you live your daily life. Talk to a physical therapist at Whatcom Physical Therapy about what we can do for you. Contact our team today for more information about chronic pelvic pain treatment or to schedule an initial appointment.