Pain that is felt below your navel (belly button) and in between your hips is classified as pelvic pain. It is particularly common in women, and it usually relates to an issue with the reproductive system.
Possible causes of pelvic pain include menstrual cramps, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts. If your lower-abdominal pain continues or does not respond to over-the-counter pain medications, see your doctor in order to get a proper clinical diagnosis and to find out what is causing the pelvic pain.
Treatment will depend on the root cause of the problem. For some patients, the reason may be unknown – in which case, treatment will focus on relieving the pain. Pain relief to improve quality of life is the goal of many treatments for pelvic pain.
How Can I Find Relief for My Abdominal Pain?
Here are some of the most frequently used nonsurgical treatments for lower-abdominal or pelvic pain:
Your doctor may prescribe medication to relieve pelvic pain, such as muscle relaxants, pain medication, and antidepressants. The physician may also prescribe antibiotics for pelvic pain that is due to a urinary tract infection (UTI) or a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Almost every pain-relief treatment plan will include physical therapy. Your physical therapist (PT) will teach you specific stretching movements and other types of exercise to help alleviate the pressure you are feeling in your lower abdominal area.
The therapist may also perform or suggest deep-tissue massages and relaxation exercises, which are both very effective in relieving pelvic pain. You should continue performing the stretches and exercises on your own in order to alleviate and prevent the pain.
For instant relief from pelvic pain, your doctor may recommend nerve blocks. These are targeted medication injections to block the pain signals from being sent by the affected nerves.
The physician will use X-ray technology to guide them to the precise source of the pain signals, and these sources are called trigger points. After locating the source of the pain, the doctor will inject the pain-relieving medication for instant relief.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
For chronic pelvic pain that does not respond to noninvasive or minimally invasive treatment methods, the doctor may recommend having spinal cord stimulation. In this treatment, the doctor surgically inserts a device under your skin to block the pain signals which are emanating from the affected nerves.
Once the device is implanted, the pain signals will not reach the brain – so you will not feel pain from that area. This can drastically reduce pain for an extended period of time.
Pain Doctors in Austin, Texas
The first thing our pain physicians do here at Balcones Pain Consultants is diagnose the exact cause of pain. Based on the results, we are able to determine the most effective pain-relief treatment methods to recommend to you. From simple to advanced treatments and procedures, we are highly trained and experienced in bringing much-needed pain relief to our patients.
To schedule a consultation, contact Balcones Pain Consultants by calling us today at (512) 834-4141 or complete our appointment request form now. We look forward to helping you finally achieve relief from your pain, so you can start enjoying life again.