While pelvic pain might not be as common as other chronic pain conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, or knee pain, it still impacts millions of men and women every single year. The pelvis is the area between your belly button and just above your thighs and includes the sex organs. While people often connect pelvic pain to women and their reproductive organs, men can also suffer from chronic pain in this region.
The level of pain individuals experience varies, with some cases being mild and are nothing to worry about while others can be excruciating and indicative of something far more severe. It all depends on what causes the pain. This pain might be intermittent (coming and going) or constant. This pain can even radiate into your lower back, buttocks, and thighs. In some cases, pelvic pain may only occur during certain activities, such as urinating or during sexual activity.
While an issue in the reproductive organs might be the cause of your pain, other problems, such as an infection or an injury with your pelvic bone, might be to blame. That is why it is crucial to contact the pain management doctors at Texas Partners Healthcare Group. At our pain management clinic, we will be able to diagnose the cause of your pelvic pain accurately and come up with a unique and effective treatment plan.
Common Causes of Pelvic Pain
Some causes of pelvic pain (such as menstrual cramps in women) are normal. However, it also could mean there is a problem with one of the organs in the pelvic region (uterus, ovaries, cervix, vagina, etc.) For men, it could be an issue with their own sex organs or even their prostate.
Some diseases and conditions can cause chronic pelvic pain, but so too can injuries or issues with your digestive, reproductive, or urinary systems. Pelvic pain causes between men and women can vary greatly. However, there are several causes that both men and women can share, such as:
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI)
- Kidney stones or kidney infections
- Intestinal disorders (diverticulitis, colitis, etc.)
- Broken pelvic bone
- Muscle spasms
- Crohn’s disease
A whole host of conditions and issues can lead to pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic pain occurs when your pain lasts for six or more months, regardless if it is constant or intermittent. It is important not to wait when you first recognize pelvic pain. Because the cause could be one of several reasons, it is vital to receive an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible. While some causes are minor and don’t need to be worried about, others are far more severe.
At Texas Partners Healthcare Group, our team of expert pain management doctors offers a variety of treatment options for pelvic pain. Once we’ve diagnosed the cause of your pain, we can create a personalized treatment plan for your specific case. Even if the cause is something minor, it doesn’t hurt to make sure it is nothing more serious. Contact any of our clinics in Allen, Anna, Dallas, Frisco, or McKinney to learn more about our approach and how we can help you.