Chronic pelvic pain is pain felt below the navel which has been ongoing or intermittent for over six months. Pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp stabbing pain in this region. Individuals suffering from pelvic pain often experience other debilitating factors to their quality of life on top of their physical pain. They may experience signs of depression, anxiety, insomnia, as well as difficulty with work and relationship issues. 1
Some estimate pelvic pain to affect a staggering 1 in 5 women and 1 in 12 men during their lifetime. 2
Unfortunately many individuals suffer in silence, as pelvic pain is a multisystem disorder that often comprises of sexual, bowel and urinary, gynaecological and musculoskeletal symptoms 3. As a result of this complex nature, it can be difficult to diagnose.4 Unlike the visible pain of a broken leg, pain in the pelvic region is not easily seen, leaving sufferers feeling that the pain is simply all in their head or too embarrassed to speak up. 5
It’s important to recognise that pelvic pain is a very real condition with very real pain that can be treated.
At Metro Pain Group we assess each patient’s condition individually with advanced, innovative and evidence-based treatments tailored to suit the patient. Depending on your personal circumstances we can provide many treatment options to help manage pelvic pain including prolotherapy, hip joint injections, rehabilitation and more.
Our goal is to reduce your pain and improve your quality of life, enabling you to Live Better.
If you are looking for options to relieve your pain and would like more information please call 03 9595 6195 or please fill out the form below.
1 Riegel, B., Bruenahl, C.A., Ahyai, S., Bingel, U., Fisch, M. and Löwe, B., 2014. Assessing psychological factors, social aspects and psychiatric co-morbidity associated with Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS) in men—a systematic review. Journal of psychosomatic research, 77(5), pp.333-350.
2 Pelvic Pain Foundation. (2018). Pelvic Pain Foundation – Homepage. [online] Available at: https://www.pelvicpain.org.au/ [Accessed 11 Jan. 2019].
3 Baranowski, A.P., Lee, J., Price, C. and Hughes, J., 2014. Pelvic pain: a pathway for care developed for both men and women by the British Pain Society. British journal of anaesthesia, 112(3), pp.452-459.
4 Ahangari, A., 2014. Prevalence of chronic pelvic pain among women: an updated review. Pain physician, 17(2), pp.E141-E147.
5 Perry, C.P., 2001. Current concepts of pelvic congestion and chronic pelvic pain. JSLS: Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, 5(2), p.105.