Pelvic pain can be very disruptive, making it difficult to focus on anything else during a flare-up. For those in and around Tracy, California, who experience chronic pelvic pain, relief is available through the care of Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD, of SEVA Pain Institute. Don’t accept pelvic pain as unavoidable when there are safe and effective treatments available. Book a visit with Dr. Dhaliwal today by calling the office or trying the online scheduling tool.
Pelvic Pain Q & A
What causes chronic pelvic pain?
Both men and women can experience chronic pelvic pain, although the source of that discomfort is sometimes different.
In women, chronic pelvic pain can occur due to:
- Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian remnant
- Musculoskeletal issues
- Painful bladder syndrome
- Irritable bowel syndrome
In men, chronic pelvic pain can occur due to:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Urinary tract infection
- Bacterial infection
- Prostatitis, or inflammation of the prostate
In some cases, no clear cause can be detected, regardless of your sex. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to treat pelvic pain, including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological options.
What are some pelvic pain treatment options for men?
If an infection is to blame for pelvic pain, a simple course of antibiotics can sometimes clear things up. In other cases, medications can play a role in treating chronic pelvic pain, including over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
Nerve blocks can help diagnose and treat pelvic pain. These injections alter the way your body processes pain signals, giving Dr. Dhaliwal insight into which nerves are causing your pain.
Sacral nerve stimulation is one option and relies on a small device that delivers electrical stimulation to nerves located just above your tailbone. That current disrupts pain signals and can reduce or even eliminate pain.
Biofeedback, physical therapy, acupuncture, and even certain nutritional supplements can also reduce pelvic pain in men.
How is pelvic pain treated in women?
An effective treatment plan depends on reaching a proper diagnosis. Once the source of pain is identified, a customized treatment plan is devised.
Your treatment path may include medications to relieve pain, eliminate infection, and adjust your hormonal balance. Certain antidepressant medications have been shown to improve chronic pain.
Neurostimulation can also produce impressive results. The therapy works by using an implanted device to interrupt nerve pathways, preventing pain signals from reaching your brain.
Nerve blocks also interrupt pain signals with injected medication, allowing Dr. Dhaliwal to find and treat the source of pain. Radiofrequency ablation offers lasting relief by using RF energy to destroy targeted nerve tissue with heat or cold.
Additional treatment options include psychotherapy, trigger point injections, physical therapy, weight loss, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Several treatment paths can be combined to deliver the best possible results, and your therapeutic path can always be altered as you progress through treatment.
To get started on a path away from pelvic pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dhaliwal at your earliest convenience. You can set up your visit online or by phone.