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Pelvic pain is common. The pelvic region is the area between the umbilicus (belly button) and the groin in the front and between the buttocks at the back. Many organs sit in the pelvis that makes up the reproductive, urinary and digestive systems. They are supported by surrounding muscles, including the pelvic floor.
Pelvic pain can be acute or chronic. Acute pelvic pain occurs suddenly and stays only for a short period of time. Chronic pelvic pain lasts for more than six months. Acute pain may occur on top of chronic pain.
Pelvic pain may be dull or sharp; persistent or intermittent; mild to severe, and can extend to your lower back or thighs.
The common symptoms with pelvic pain are:
The common causes of acute pelvic pain are:
The common causes of chronic pelvic pain are:
A full history, physical examination and investigations are required to make a diagnosis.
Studies such as X-ray, ultrasound, laparoscopy, CT (Contrast tomography) and Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan are helpful in examining the pain source in the pelvic region.
Treatment for pelvic pain depends on the cause of pain, intensity and frequency of the pain.
At times, treatment needs to be multidisciplinary; that is a few people may need to work together to help treat your pain. Dr Andreadis will co-ordinate your care.
Options may include:
RPAH Medical Centre
100 Carillon Avenue
Newtown, NSW 2042
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