What are the causes of chronic pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain is a complex condition caused by many factors including but not limited to gynecologic conditions, irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis, surgery, visceral organ (internal organ) pain, and it may also be associated with other conditions such as inflamed spinal joints or pinched nerves.
What are the risk factors?
Women are at greater risk for getting pelvic pain due to menstruation and sexual activity. In addition, psychological factors seem to play a role and increase risk for chronic pelvic pain. Depression, chronic anxiety and stress, history of sexual and/or physical abuse increase the risk for pelvic pain.
What testing is needed?
Testing may be necessary if you suddenly develop severe pelvic pain. These would be based on your medical history and physical exam.
What are the treatment options?
There are a number of treatment options that help reduce pelvic pain, which include:
- Epidural Steroid Injection (this should be a link)
- Lumbar Sympathetic Block (this should be a link)
- Sacroiliac Joint Injection (this should be a link)
- Radiofrequency Neuro Ablation(this should be a link)
- Trigger Point Injection(this should be a link)
- Massage therapy
- Hypogastric Nerve Blocks(this should be a link)
- Medication Management
- Physical Therapy(this should be a link)
- Chiropractic Care(this should be a link)