Understanding Pelvic Pain

While most people experience aches and pains from time to time, these usually go away after some rest or with the help of a little aspirin or ibuprofen. Chronic pain sticks around for much longer and doesn’t respond to common treatments. Pelvic pain is a widespread condition experienced by both men and women and can have many different causes. 

At Spinal Diagnostics in Tualatin and Newberg, Oregon, we have the knowledge and resources to diagnose and treat pelvic pain to get you feeling better and back to your life again. Our highly skilled and compassionate physicians Dr. Robert Heros, Dr. Jason Anderson, and Dr. Tyler Huntington, have many years of experience finding effective treatments for their patients’ pelvic pain. 

How common is pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain is a widespread condition that affects about 1 in 5 adults in the United States. It can be caused by a wide variety of conditions and injuries. Though many people are aware that pelvic pain can affect women, men can also suffer from pelvic pain. 

What are the causes of pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain can be caused by a large number of conditions that cause discomfort in your pelvic region. Some of these conditions that affect both men and women are: 

  • Hernia
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Appendicitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Kidney stones
  • Broken pelvis

Additionally, pelvic pain in women can be caused by fibroids, cervical cancer, ectopic pregnancy, and many other conditions. Men can also experience pelvic pain caused by irritation of nerves in the penis, and prostatitis. 

Treatments for pelvic pain

The treatment plan is determined by the exact cause of your pelvic pain. Your doctor talks to you about your symptoms at your first appointment. They take down your medical history, including medications, and complete a physical exam. He may order diagnostic testing such as an MRI or X-rays to get more information about your discomfort to get an accurate diagnosis. 

Your doctor then develops a treatment plan for your pelvic pain that addresses your symptoms while treating the underlying condition causing your discomfort. Some of the elements your doctor may include in your treatment plan are:

  • Hormone therapy
  • Pain medications
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Physical therapy
  • Nerve root blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Pain injections

You may need to try a few different treatments to find the one that works best for addressing your pain. Our doctors support you along the way, working closely with you to find the most effective treatment options for you.

Pelvic pain can be very uncomfortable and can affect your ability to get things done. There are many causes of pelvic pain and a variety of effective treatment options that can help relieve your pain. 

If you are looking for pelvic pain treatment, call our office and set up an appointment or use our appointment booking system.

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