We have all experienced pain in our lives. When it stems from the pelvic area, it can be particularly distracting and unrelenting.
Pelvic pain can cause disruption in normal daily activities including discomfort with sitting, standing, driving, using the bathroom, and during intimacy with a partner. The pain can become so uncomfortable that even enjoying time with friends and family becomes strained.
Examples of pelvic pain
Pelvic pain comes in a myriad of locations and symptoms. You may experience muscle and joint pain, pain in and around your tailbone, the lower abdomen, genitalia region, groin area, and low back. It can be as a result of surgery due to scar formation or even require surgery to improve. It can include genital numbness, burning, irritation; fecal or urinary incontinence; urinary frequency or difficulty; painful sexual intimacy; constipation/diarrhea or irritable bowel issues.
Don’t hesitate to see your doctor
Diagnosis of pelvic pain can be complex. It is important to receive a comprehensive consultation and exam in order to properly treat the pain you are experiencing.
“Don’t be embarrassed by your symptoms and don’t suffer in silence,” says Urologist Grace Biggs, M.D., director of the Center for Pelvic Health at Griffin Hospital.
Relief through Physical Therapy
One avenue of relief can be with physical therapy. Specific exercises and stretching are beneficial in managing pelvic pain as well as breathing and relaxation training, manual therapy such as soft tissue massage, myofascial release and visceral treatments.
“Our therapists at Griffin Hospital are specially trained to treat all of these issues. They will work with you to develop a customized exercise and therapy plan that helps you manage your symptoms and helps you return to feeling more like yourself,” Dr. Biggs says. “Urologists and certified pelvic health rehabilitation specialists realize that your quality of life is important, so don’t hesitate to reach out. We know how these issues can affect so many aspects of your life, and we are trained to help.”
For more information visit griffinhealth.org/pelvichealth, or call (203) 732-2651 to schedule an appointment.