Pelvic pain results from a variety of different causes and conditions
The pelvic region encompasses many organs, nerves and muscles, including the ovaries, vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, bladder and bowel. Pelvic pain can be elusive and difficult to diagnose because there are several conditions and issues that may be at the root of the problem. The pain can range from mild to severe, and it may be constant or intermittent, dull or sharp.
Our experienced Round Rock obgyns are expert diagnosticians. If you are experiencing pain, you need help from a physician who has experience diagnosing and recognizing the many causes of acute and chronic problems.
Acute pelvic pain comes on suddenly and may be severe. Severe pain may require immediate medical treatment. Acute pain has many causes.
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Ruptured fallopian tube(s)
- Ruptured or twisted ovarian cysts
- Pelvic inflammatory disease, or PID
Chronic pelvic pain is pain that lasts six months or longer. Many pelvic issues can cause this condition.
- Endometrial polyps
- Pelvic adhesions
- Uterine fibroids
- Menstrual problems
- Bladder issues
- Certain types of cancer
After we take a thorough medical history and perform a physical examination, we employ several diagnostic techniques.
- Laboratory tests
- Pelvic ultrasound
Depending on what is causing your pain, you may need tests to diagnose urinary, bowel, or gastroenterology problems, and we may need to refer you to the appropriate physician for further treatment for some problems.
The condition can be treated therapeutically, medically or surgically
After your pelvic pain diagnosis is complete, our Round Rock obgyns will design an individualized treatment plan which may include one or more treatments.
- Pelvic physical therapy
- Acupuncture or nerve stimulation therapy
- Nutritional therapy
- Medications for pain relief
- Surgery for pelvic pain
Women who experience chronic pain or chronic pelvic pain syndrome may also benefit from psychotherapy, support groups or relaxation techniques such as meditation to help them cope with their pain and its impact on their daily lives.
Chronic pelvic pain can be difficult to diagnose and treat, so it is very important to seek medical attention as soon as the problem appears. If the pain is untreated over the long-term, it can lead to chronic pelvic pain syndrome, which causes emotional and physical difficulties that affect your quality of life.
The sooner you seek medical advice and attention, the better for your mental and physical health. Our Round Rock obgyns and staff offer the support, expertise and tools to truly help women who are experiencing either acute or chronic pelvic pain. Contact us today for an appointment.