Pelvic Pain

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By Dr. Sender Deutsch
Published on February 13, 2014

Diagnosing Pelvic Pain:

Pelvic pain is commonly described as pain in the lowest part of the abdomen/pelvic region and can be seen in both women and men. Symptoms of pelvic pain can often be dull, ache, sharp and uncomfortable.  It can be intermittent, constant or even debilitating.   As it is a site that has many sensitive structures, there are many differential diagnoses that need to be ruled out. Dysfunction in the low back can also refer to this area, as the nerves that exit the low back also innervate the pelvic region. As well, the organs in this area are very sensitive and can become infected and inflamed and cause pelvic discomfort and pain. Because the area is home to the genitals, it is always important that more severe diagnoses are ruled out first.

The pelvis contains the following:

  • Reproductive organs
  • Urinary system
  • Muscles and bones connected to the spine

Pelvic Pain in Women

In women pelvic pain can be caused and or associated with any following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Disc bulge or herniation
  • SI joint dysfunction
  • Bowel or bladder infection or dysfunction
  • Dysmenorrhea – pain during menstruation
  • Groin strain

Pelvic Pain in Men

In men pelvic pain can be caused and or associated with any of the following:

  •  Disc bulge or herniation
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Sports hernia
  • Bowel or bladder infection
  • Testicular dysfunction
  • Prostatitis
  • Groin strain / muscle tear

Pelvic Discomfort

If you notice any bulges in your pelvis, have pain with sexual activity, urination or any dysfunction of your bowel or bladder you should seek medical.