Pelvic pain affects men and women, and sometimes children and adolescents. The topic can be embarrassing and the problem can be devastating.
Pelvic pain has many names. It can be called:
- Pudendal neuralgia
- Interstitial cystitis
- Rectal pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Groin pain
- Hip pain
- Piriformis syndrome
…and every one of these can be generated by muscle and fascia and does not have to come from pinched nerves or infection. If what you have learned has not been helping…there is a different way to heal from pain.
How do I find out Where my Pain Comes From?
Most of the pain in the body comes from muscle and fascia that has been injured. Most doctors and medical people on the other hand have been taught to think of pain as coming from pinched nerves, spinal problems, and diseased parts that can be taken out with surgery. This is partly why so many types of pain treatments do not help or do not last. The real injury has not been found, and none of the treatments really seem to touch or affect the pain. The most helpful treatment may be massage therapy. If this is the case, it will help you confirm the pain to be coming from injured muscle and fascia.
What Causes Pudendal Neuralgia?
Pudendal neuralgia — long term pelvic pain — is caused by damage or irritation of the pudendal nerve, a primary nerve in the pelvis that provides sensation to the buttocks and genitals. It can often be experienced as groin or rectal pain. You may have pudendal neuralgia if you experience burning, crushing, shooting or prickling sensations in the area between your butt and genitals. This can be a sudden pain, or it may develop gradually.
At our integrative health and wellness center, we treat pudendal neuralgia naturally — without the use of drugs or invasive surgeries. We encourage exercise and physical therapy designed to strengthen and stretch the lower back and muscles near the pelvic floor. We also recommend massage and bodywork therapy to ease muscles and relieve pressure.
Natural Treatment for Vulvodynia Pain
Vulvodynia is chronic vulva pain. There is no known cause and it has only recently been officially recognized by doctors. Unfortunately, many doctors miss even diagnosing this ailment. It’s a condition that affects the vulva — either as a generalized pain in different areas of the vulva at different times or as localized pain in one specific area of the vulva. The condition can affect a woman’s ability to enjoy sex and exercise.
We can naturally treat vulvodynia through a number of minimally-invasive and natural remedies, including physical therapy, stem cell injections, and Tempsure Vitalia, a process that uses radiofrequency to heat the vulva area to encourage the body’s natural production of collagen, which strengthens the skin.
Where do Muscles and Fascia Refer Pain?
Injury to muscle and fascia causes the body to form trigger points–which can be felt as knots in the muscles, in the middle of ropey bands of muscle. When they are “active,” they generate radiating pain, burning, and numbness symptoms. In these diagrams, the “x’s” represent approximate locations of trigger points, and the red speckles represent the areas of likely referred pain.
What Might the Pain Feel Like?
Myofascial pain can be very confusing and misleading to describe. It can be dull, achey, sharp, knife-like, stabbing, shooting, numbing, burning, radiating….there is no pain symptom you can describe that cannot come from injured muscle and fascia. Since this same kind of pain can occur anywhere in the body, severe pelvic pain can be thought of as a “migraine” in the pelvis.
What Started my Pain?
Pelvic pain may begin after a procedure to your bladder, pelvic organs, or hernia surgery. It can also occur in people who have injuries to their hip and pelvic muscles from years of running, biking, and other sports.
How can Blatman Health and Wellness Center Help?
Dr. Blatman and the staff of the center understand pelvic pain and promote non-destructive and non-surgical treatment options. A careful physical examination will first reveal the tender and injured muscle and fascia tissue that is driving the pain. Our caring staff will then start to instruct you in how to start working on your body to help it heal. Nutrition changes will also be recommended to give your body what it needs to heal faster as well as decrease inflammation that contributes to your pain.