Easing Pelvic Pain: January 17, 2017
It’s a common problem, but women frequently ignore pelvic pain. Health experts say the pain can be caused by a number of problems.
Patricia Curr, a physical therapist with Lee Health, says pelvic pain is a chronic pain that patients are often reluctant to talk about. “When they do come in they feel like a unicorn. They feel like they’re the only one who has this. We do our best to make it a very comfortable environment and a safe trusting environment. You could get pelvic pain from post-surgical scars, there could be an emotional component with pelvic pain, and you can get pain after pregnancy, pain with intercourse.”
Physical therapists will evaluate the patient, looking at the spine, pelvis, and range of motion in their hips. They will also test a patient’s physical and internal strength to determine what types of exercises will help ease the pain. “It could be very tight muscles down in the vaginal region, in your hips. We have patients that have had total hip replacements and have weakness, and weakness can cause pain,” said Curr.
Patients can experience a burning pain or constant cramping, which can either be caused by nerve pain or muscle pain. “If your pelvis is off kilt a little bit, that will affect the entire bowl of muscles we have,” said Curr.
Physical therapists work with patients giving them specific exercises for their pain. “Sometimes we do some internal releases, trigger point release. Sometimes we do biofeedback, which is a probe that’s placed in the vagina and they do Kegel exercises. They contract and relax so we can see how strong their muscles are,” said Curr.
In order to ease the pain it’s important patients do the exercises outside their physical therapy.
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