Interventional Spine and Pain Center
Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Manchester, TN & Murfreesboro, TN
Pelvic pain could be musculoskeletal, but many other possible causes need to be ruled out first. The pain experts at Interventional Spine and Pain Center in Manchester and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, specialize in diagnosing the causes of pelvic pain so you can get the right treatment. Call Interventional Spine and Pain Center today to find out more or book an appointment online.
Pelvic Pain Q & A
What is pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain affects your lower abdominal area, roughly between your belly button and your buttocks. There are multiple types of pelvic pain and many potential causes.
Pelvic pain in women is often due to menstrual problems or conditions affecting the female reproductive system. In men, pelvic pain is sometimes due to conditions affecting the prostate gland. In all sexes, pelvic pain could arise from a problem with one of the organs in the pelvic region like your bladder, or your lower intestinal tract.
There are also a number of musculoskeletal causes for pelvic pain.
How is pelvic pain diagnosed?
Assessing your symptoms and carrying out a physical exam are the two vital initial stages in making a diagnosis. A review of both your medical history and your family's medical history often provides important clues, too.
Blood and urine tests can identify many potential causes of pelvic pain, such as urinary tract infections. They can also give indications of some musculoskeletal problems, for instance, measuring the level of rheumatoid factor in your blood could indicate an arthritic condition, although it’s not a definitive test.
There are several other tests you might need to undergo, depending on what the preliminary diagnosis is. Sometimes diagnostic tests are useful for ruling out possible causes as well as confirming a diagnosis. Potential tests you might need if you have pelvic pain include:
- Abdominal and pelvic X-rays
- Pregnancy tests
- Cultures for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Diagnostic laparoscopy
- Stool sample test
- CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis
Lower endoscopy procedures like colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy can check the health of your rectum and colon, too.
If none of these tests show a definitive cause for your pelvic pain, it’s likely that there’s a musculoskeletal cause.
What tests are used to identify musculoskeletal pelvic pain?
The team at Interventional Spine and Pain Center has considerable expertise in diagnosing the causes of musculoskeletal pelvic pain. It’s important to first rule out other causes that could present a risk to your health, though.
Musculoskeletal pain usually differs from organ pain in that movement causes a more severe pain response. This could be a stabbing pain in your abdomen when you cough, because of the extra pressure on a herniated disc, for instance. The team at Interventional Spine and Pain Center offers a range of effective treatment solutions for musculoskeletal pelvic pain, which they can discuss with you when you have a diagnosis.
Call today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
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