For many women, pelvic pain can become debilitating. It can be uncomfortable to urinate, have intercourse or even sit for long periods. Pelvic pain can be caused by a variety of issues, making it difficult to find the source and get effective treatment. However, there are options to manage pelvic pain and get relief through rehabilitation.
Causes of Pelvic Pain
It is not always apparent what is causing pelvic pain. For some women, scar tissue or changes in the pelvic area from childbirth can trigger pelvic pain. Muscle spasms and nerve issues can contribute to localized pain. The level and location of pelvic pain differs depending on the cause and source.
Rehabilitation for Pelvic Pain
Since the exact cause of pelvic pain can be difficult to diagnose, treatment can be challenging. Pain medications may help, but they do not address the source of the pain. Rehabilitation through physical therapy can be the best option to relieve pain and help prevent further problems. Some therapy options for pelvic pain can include:
- Strengthening and stretching muscles through exercise
- Heat and ice therapy
- Massage therapy to relax tightened muscles
- Joint therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Ultrasound therapy and biofeedback
Experienced physical therapists can identify the best treatments for pelvic pain rehabilitation. With therapy, pain can be minimized and managed. Many women can move past their pelvic pain, making it more comfortable to urinate and sit for long periods. For some, they can finally enjoy sexual intercourse again, improving their personal relationships.
If you have been suffering from pelvic pain, contact a local physical therapy clinic and ask about rehabilitation options to manage your pain and improve your quality of life.
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