August 29, 2017
Some physical problems, like a sprained ankle or low back pain, can usually be discussed and addressed without much embarrassment. Then there are other issues that fall into a more personal category, and as a result, may be somewhat more difficult to bring up to a medical professional. One personal problem that usually lands in the latter group is pelvic pain in Hyattsville. Fortunately, our physical therapists see patients with this complaint often, and we can offer an effective, comprehensive program to address it.
Approximately one in five individuals in the U.S. suffers from some form of pelvic floor dysfunction at some point in their life. This means that millions of Americans are currently dealing with symptoms related to their pelvic floor, yet many of these people fail to identify it or seek out appropriate treatment.
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and other tissues that form a sort of sling from the pubic bone to the tailbone. These structures assist in supporting the abdominal and pelvic organs, and help to control the bladder, bowels and sexual activity. While most people think of the core muscles as the abdominal and occasionally lower back muscles, the pelvic floor is another major component that will affect the rest of the body. Good pelvic stability will have a positive effect on spinal alignment, knee stability, hip function and many other areas of the body, while poor stability can throw the whole system out of whack.
Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems that occur when these pelvic floor muscles are weak or tight, or if there’s an impairment of the lower back and/or hips. In these cases, the tissues surrounding the pelvic organs may have increased or decreased sensitivity, or there may be some irritation, which can result in pelvic pain in Hyattsville. This could be due to pregnancy or childbirth-related issues, poor posture from low back or hip pain, direct trauma or as a result of surgery.
Physical therapy protocol for pelvic pain in Hyattsville
In some cases, it may be difficult to determine the cause of pelvic dysfunction that’s leading to symptoms. But at CAM Physical Therapy and Wellness Services, if we see a patient with pelvic pain in Hyattsville, we work aggressively to identify the underlying reason for these problems and then establish a personalized treatment program to address them. Most programs for pelvic pain will include the following components:
- Pelvic floor strengthening exercises
- Manual therapy
- Posture retraining and education
- Myofascial release
So if you’re dealing with pelvic pain in Hyattsville and are possibly uncertain of what to do about it, we are here to help. Contact CAM Physical Therapy and Wellness Services at 301-853-0093 to schedule an appointment at any of our four clinics in Laurel, Hyattsville, Glenn Dale/Bowie or Parkville/Baltimore, MD today.