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Diagnosis: Pelvic Pain

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Rates of chronic pelvic pain for women of childbearing age worldwide range between 14% and 32%

The pelvic region is the area between the abdomen and thighs. The joints of the pelvis (sacrioliac joints) help transfer weight from the upper part of the body to the lower areas. When these joints are overstressed, the surrounding muscles become inflamed and cause pain. The pain can stay in one place or move to other areas (such as the thigh) and may be accompanied by reduced range of hip motion and difficulties with regular physical activity.

Pelvic pain may be experienced by both men and women. However, women of childbearing age in particular are affected - with worldwide rates of chronic pelvic pain ranging between 14% and 32% [1].

What causes pelvic pain?

  • Pregnancy - many women experience pain either during or after pregnancy, as the body adjusts in readiness for the baby's delivery.

  • Trauma - high force impacts to the pelvic region.

  • Prolonged bending or lifting - possibly work-related

How can a chiropractor help?

Chiropractic treatment is a non-surgical means of relieving pelvic pain through regular spinal adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments can relieve pressure on the spinal nerves, helping to restore range of motion and realign the spine. In doing so, the body's weight is distributed more evenly onto the pelvic region.

During an initial consultation, our chiropractors perform a series of diagnostic tests and history assessment to determine the best course of treatment or referral to a specialist. Alongside chiropractic adjustment and physical therapy sessions, we also help you supplement your recovery through specific prescribed physical exercises and nutritional advice.

1. Mathias, S. D., Kuppermann, M., Liberman, R. F., Lipschutz, R. C., & Steege, J. F. (1996). Chronic pelvic pain: Prevalence, health-related quality of life, and economic correlates. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 87,321–327.

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