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Pelvic Pain

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic Pain Services located in Atlanta, GA

Pelvic pain can develop anywhere in the lower part of your body, between your hips. If you suffer ongoing pain that nothing relieves, visit Kevin McCowan, MD, and Carisa Hines, MD, at Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. These pain management specialists offer effective treatments for pain that work even when other treatments fail. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online to find relief from disabling pelvic pain.

Pelvic Pain Q & A

Why do I have pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain affects your pelvis, where the coccyx and sacrum bones at the bottom of your spine meet your hips. The area extends from your belly button to your groin.

Pelvic pain in women is often due to dysmenorrhea (painful periods) and gynecological conditions like endometriosis. In men, prostate disorders can cause pelvic pain. Pain can also be caused by an infection or disease in pelvic organs like the urinary system and bowels.

Another common cause of pelvic pain is musculoskeletal injuries and disorders.

What musculoskeletal problems cause pelvic pain?

Musculoskeletal problems affect your pelvis’s bones, connective tissues, joints, and nerves. Common examples include:

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis affects the joints, damaging the protective cartilage covering your bones. It causes pain, stiffness, weakness, and reduced range of motion.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

The two sacroiliac joints connect your lower spine to your pelvis. They only move a little, but when they seize up, it causes intense, disabling pain. Arthritis and inflammation can affect the sacroiliac joints.

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve extends through the pelvis from your lower back, splitting in two so one branch goes down each leg. A pinched or damaged sciatic nerve causes pain in the pelvic area that often goes down one leg.

Piriformis syndrome causes similar symptoms but is due to sciatic nerve compression or irritation. The pain originates where the nerve passes through the piriformis muscle in your buttock.

What treatment would I need for pelvic pain?

Successfully treating pelvic pain requires an accurate diagnosis. For instance, gynecological problems might need hormone therapy, while a bacterial infection requires antibiotics.

Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute specializes in treating pelvic pain caused by musculoskeletal problems and incurable conditions. This can include physical therapy and medication management. Advanced treatments for long-term pelvic pain include:

Steroid injections

Steroids are anti-inflammatories with long-lasting effects. Injecting them into the sacroiliac joints or hips can reduce pain and long-term inflammation.

Biological treatments

Biologicals use natural cells harvested from your body or, in some cases, a healthy donor.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), one of the most widely used biologics, contains a concentrated dose of platelets taken from your blood. These platelets contain growth factors that promote tissue healing and growth. Biologicals help tissues heal when your body reaches the limit of what it can do alone.

Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today or book an appointment online to benefit from expert pelvic pain treatment.