Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is a common problem affecting both women and men. The key to healing pelvic pain is identifying the source(s) of discomfort and the body's response(s).

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Pelvic pain can originate from the reproductive system, urinary system, digestive system, nervous system, as well as referred pain from the lower back or tailbone. The sympathetic nervous system, or the "fight or flight" response, is activated and often maintained by pain in the pelvis, leading to abnormal sweating, difficulty sleeping, increased anxiety, and bowel/bladder/sexual dysfunction.

Our journey begins by determining what the primary source of pain is, and sometimes there are multiple. The body will attempt to adapt to this pain, and this leads to secondary problems often extending beyond the pelvis. This can cloud the picture and make the source of pain unclear, so we have developed a specialized approach for pelvic pain.

Our end goal is to identify and treat the pain and prevent it from returning. Initially, though, we understand that you need relief. We will use a variety of medications, by mouth, as suppository and intravenous to determine which parts of the nervous system and which neurotransmitters are involved. We will use targeted injections to identify and treat potential sources of pain.

When necessary, we also use neuromodulation with spinal cord or peripheral nerve stimulation, pulsed radiofreqeuncy neuromodulation, prolotherapy/neural therapy and a variety of other techniques which we have found to be helpful, depending on your specific situation.

We work directly with your physical therapist to ensure full understanding of your body's response to each step. We also work closely with gynecologists, endometriosis specialists, hernia surgeons and pain psychologists to ensure comprehensive, coordinated care.