Pelvic Pain

Pelvic Pain Seattle

FAQ’s on Pelvic Pain

What is Pelvic Pain?


Pelvic pain can occur in both men and women and, at least in women, is quite common. There are a variety of reasons for pelvic pain, the most common of which is due to a woman’s menstrual cycle. In men, the main cause for pelvic pain is the prostate.

In some cases the pain is mild, but if it is more severe, comes on suddenly, or interferes with your daily activities then you should consult with your doctor. Pelvic pain can occur in the abdomen below the belly button, genital area, and in the lower back or buttocks.


What Causes Pelvic Pain?


Acute pelvic pain can occur due to menstruation and PMS and will go away with the end of the period. Chronic pelvic pain can last for months and can be caused by such conditions as:

If you have suffered for chronic pelvic pain for more than four to six weeks you must consult with your physician. It is important to have an exam to determine the cause and start treatment, especially if pain is caused by disease.


What Treatment Plans Help With Pelvic Pain?


Treatment plans will vary widely depending on the cause of the pelvic pain. For some conditions, pain management may help. For cases of disease, once the root cause is discovered and the disease is treated, the pain usually subsides.


  • Physical therapy – Therapy may consist of a variety of exercises and modalities for relief. Physical therapy is designed to ease trigger points and allow muscles to relax.


  • Surgical procedure – For women, a hysterectomy may provide necessary pain relief. Unfortunately, approximately 30% of women who enter a Seattle Pain Clinic have already undergone a hysterectomy.

What is the Prognosis of Pelvic Pain?


The prognosis for pelvic pain varies due to the cause, but in most cases once treatment has begun, pain is alleviated dramatically. For instances where pain cannot be completely alleviated, pain management can enable a patient to lower the pain and get back to work, playing with the kids and functioning better!