Chronic Pelvic Pain
If you are suffering from chronic pelvic pain, which counts as anything below your belly button and between your hips, you’re in the right place to pursue living pain free. Spectrum Health's urogynecologist is someone who specializes in knowing what's causing your pain and determining the best treatment plan.
Chronic pelvic pain is persistent, intermittent or ongoing pain anywhere in your pelvis. It can be related to the reproductive organs, urinary tract or the bowel. For some women, the cause of pelvic pain is unknown. Relief from pelvic pain may include medications, physical therapy, nutritional therapy or surgery.
Treatments for Chronic Pelvic Pain
Finding relief from pelvic pain can be challenging because there are so many possible causes. In the meantime, you're miserable. Whether UTIs or bloating, crazy periods or prolapse, let's start an effective treatment plan now.
Some of our doctors have added years to their education so that they could change the lives of women like you who live with discomfort and inconvenience. We are completely committed to uncovering causes and using every possible treatment that might help you. From biofeedback and electromyography to the newest diagnostics, learn more now.
This mind-body technique uses monitoring devices to create a sense of conscious control over certain causes of pelvic pain.
Chronic Pain Medicine
Many chronic pain conditions respond to antibiotics, topical pain relievers and anti-spasmodic medicine to relieve symptoms.
Because chronic pelvic pain is sometimes associated with psychological stress, counseling sessions with a qualified therapist can be an important part of your treatment.
Electromyography determines if the nerves that supply your sphincter muscle are intact and that all your pelvic muscles relax and contract as they should. It is sometimes used in tandem with biofeedback to relieve pain in the pelvic region.
Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery can correct an underlying cause of pelvic pain, such as an infection or inflammation. For women over childbearing age, a hysterectomy may be recommended.
Physical therapy can include hot and cold treatments, stretching and strengthening exercises, massage and other relaxation techniques.