Pelvic floor dysfunction can either be caused by musculoskeletal pain or can be the reason for the musculoskeletal pain. Therefore, it is important to be examined by a physical therapist who can specifically analyze the root of the problem.
Symptoms can include but are not limited to pain throughout the low back, pain throughout the sacrum (which is the bone right above your tailbone), and pain throughout the front of back of the hip. The pain can also radiate into glutes and legs.
As stated above, musculoskeletal pain can either cause pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic floor muscle spasms, or the pelvic floor dysfunction can cause musculoskeletal pain. When the pain starts as pelvic floor dysfunction, the pain can refer to various areas including the back and abdominals.
Your physical therapist will perform a thorough evaluation to assess your symptoms and identify the cause of the problem. Being the evaluation will be internal and external, you and your therapist will work together to ensure your comfort throughout the entire process. If your therapist feels you may need further examination or testing, she will refer you to an MD.
Treatment for musculoskeletal pain will depend on your presentation. Your therapist will address both the pelvic floor and musculoskeletal pain through manual and therapeutic exercise. Your therapist and you will also discuss home exercises and strategies to reduce your symptoms.
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