Pelvic Pain Treatment in Santa Monica, CA
Pelvic pain is a broad term used to describe discomfort in the pelvic region that lasts for at least six months or more. It can be experienced by both women and men as a variety of different symptoms. Some of these include:
- Severe pain or a dull aching pain
- Constant or intermittent pain
- Sharp pains or cramps
- Pain during intercourse
- Pain during a bowel movement
- Pain when seated
Causes of Pelvic Pain
The causes of pelvic pain can be as numerous as the symptoms. Sometimes it is related to an infection caused by a sexually transmitted disease . Conditions in certain organs such as the bladder or colon can lead to pelvic pain. Additionally, any organ in the female reproductive system such as the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, or vagina can also be the culprit.
Pelvic pain can be brought on by a physical injury or emotional conditions that generate chronic tension such as depression or stress . Whether the cause is physical or emotional, both can lead to pelvic pain in the form of:
- Pain in the pelvic bone
- Muscle tension
- Compressed nerves
Pelvic Pain Diagnosis
When the symptoms of chronic pelvic pain begin to affect the way you function in your daily life, it is time to seek the help of a health care professional. Your doctor may begin your healing process by sitting down with you to discuss the symptoms you've been experiencing. Based on this discussion, your doctor can determine the best way to root out the cause of your discomfort.
Your doctor will most likely start with a physical exam to determine the exact area in your pelvis that the pain is originating from. Your doctor may also take a blood and urine sample to look for a possible infection, as well as cultures to rule out any STD's.
To examine the internal structures of your pelvis, including the bones and tissues, your doctor may administer any of the following:
- CT Scan
Pelvic Pain Treatment
Once the source of pain has been determined, the next step is to formulate a treatment plan. This can include a number of remedies including pain medication to manage your discomfort, antibiotics to control infection, antidepressants to reduce nerve pain, or hormone medications to regulate pain brought on by a woman's menstrual cycle.
However, medication is only one part of the process. Your doctor may also recommend a physical therapy plan to relieve pent up tension in the pelvis and strengthen the muscles to prevent future issues. TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), which are tiny electrical impulses sent to the nerves, may also help relieve certain types of pain.
The final step in a holistic wellness plan involves personal counseling to address any emotional conditions that led to your condition in the first place. These sessions are also designed to help you control the stress and depression that can arise from dealing with chronic pain .
Vitality Integrative Medicine
Address4849 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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