It is estimated that in the US approximately 1 in 7 women and 1 in 10 men are suffering from pelvic pain, however the true projections of those numbers are thought to be considerably higher, as different kinds of pelvic pain have either been normalized or go unreported. For trans individuals experiencing pelvic pain, it may persist as some health care may seem unsafe, or is not accessible.
Pelvic pain encompasses a large span of diagnoses and symptoms and is inclusive of pain between the belly button and the legs, however many pelvic floor or pelvic organ diseases or dysfunctions refer pain to outside of the pelvis, such as the thighs, buttocks and low back. These symptoms can be constant or intermittent and can affect a person’s bladder and bowel function, sexual wellness and overall ability to function and participate in their daily life.
Symptoms and diagnoses associated with pelvic pain include:
- Pain with intercourse, penetration, masturbation, orgasm, ejaculation, toy play, sex
- Pain or scar tissue post-birth trauma or tearing
- Scar tissue pain or vulvovaginal pain post c section
- Post-operative pain/recovery post-hysterectomy, prostatectomy, bowel surgery
- Pain during or after cancer treatment
- Pain or scar tissue associated with gender confirmation surgeries
- Chronic pelvic pain syndrome
- Pelvic girdle pain (PGP)
- Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD)
- Pelvic pain during pregnancy (of musculoskeletal cause)
- Sports hernia
- Abdominal pain, periumbilical pain
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Pudendal Neuralgia
- Chronic Pelvic Pain
- Pain with urination
- Pain with bowel movements, ano-rectal pain (hyperlink this back to rectal pain section)
- Pelvic floor hypertonia (or tight, spasmed pelvic floor muscles)
At Indigo, our evidence-based approach to treating pelvic pain is based on years of experience and extensive knowledge of complicated pelvic pain diagnoses, from pain and scar tissue post-birth to pain with sex, to vulvodynia and pudendal nerve diagnoses. Our practitioners at all of our locations throughout Baltimore and surrounding areas in Maryland are manual therapists, providing hands-on, attentive care in relaxing and private treatment rooms for one-on-one care. Our holistic viewpoint means that we look beyond specific symptoms to see the greater story, treating the entire person.
It is our goal to help you feel empowered in your healing. Not only will we treat your pain, but we will help you better understand your symptoms and make you an active participant in your healing journey.