What is pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain is pain that arises from the structures of the pelvis. These structures include joint, muscle, ligament, nerve, bone and the pelvic organs.
What causes pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain is a result of damage or disease to the structures in the pelvis. The most common cause of pelvic pain is due to repetitive overloading of the structures in the pelvis, or complex forceful movements and direct trauma. Repetitive loading occurs with simple non-painful movements like bending, twisting, or overstretching of muscles of the hip that also attach to the pelvis. Constant repetition of these movements leads to damage and eventual failure of the structures in the pelvis, leading to pelvic pain and tissue inflammation.
Where is pelvic pain felt?
Pelvic pain is usually felt at the back of the pelvis. However, pelvic pain can be referred from the lower back, hips, and pelvic organs. It is commonly described as a dull or strong ache and felt more to one side. In more severe cases, the pain can be sharp, shooting, burning, and affecting multiple regions such as hip, groin, thigh and lower limb. This will result in an inability to stand up straight and made worse with simple movements like walking, getting in and out of a car or turning over in bed.
What should you do?
If you have pelvic pain, you need to consult our professional therapists for an appropriate assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. By treating your problem immediately, you decrease the chances of having any long-term effects and benefit from a quicker recovery. If poorly managed you do increase the risk of the problem becoming chronic and requiring long-term treatment.
What should you not do?
If you have pelvic pain, you should not ignore the problem and continue to participate in activities that aggravate your problem. This may lead to the problem increasing in severity and result in a prolonged recovery.
What is the treatment and management of pelvic pain?
Appropriate treatment and management require prompt assessment and diagnosis of the problem. This may require a referral for diagnostic imaging such as x-ray or MRI. Once a working diagnosis has been established, treatment will commence to reduce your pain and inflammation. Once your pain has settled, a rehabilitation and management program will be given to help you take control of your problem. With your participation, the treatment and rehabilitation program will help get you back to your daily activities and reduce the chances of your back pain re-occurring.
Other conditions related to the lower back that we can also help you with include:
- Hamstring Origin Tendinopathy
- Groin / Adductor Muscle Strain
- Trochanteric Bursitis
- Osteitis Pubis
- Snapping Hip Syndrome
- Hamstring Muscle Strain or Tear
- Hip Osteoarthritis
- Lateral Hip Pain
- Pelvic Girdle Pain
- Gluteus Medius /Minimus Tendon Tears
- Hip Impingement / FAI (Femoro-Acetabular Impingement)
- Labral Tears
- Sacro –Iliac Joint (SIJ) Dysfunction
- ITB Friction Syndrome
- Ischial Bursitis
- Hip Flexor Muscle Strain
- Lower Abdominal Muscle Strain
- Avulsion Injuries in Children