About Chronic Pelvic Pain
Chronic pelvic pain is a complex disorder that can have a singular cause or multiple causes. Pain may be described as severe and consistent, intermittent, dull and aching, sharp and cramping, or with pressure and heaviness. Woman with chronic pelvic pain may also experience pain during intercourse, pain during bowel movements or urination, or pain while sitting for long periods of time. Depending on the severity and progression of your condition, your care team will evaluate you for the best interventions customized for you and designed to promote the highest quality of care and outcomes.
Pelvic Pain Treatment at UT Health Austin
Because there can be a number of different conditions that can cause chronic pelvic pain, a thorough history and physical examination of the abdomen and pelvis are essential components of the initial appointment for patients with pelvic pain. Other lab tests, screenings or imaging may also be recommended to aid in proper diagnosis. Depending on the cause of your chronic pelvic pain a variety of treatments may be recommended as a part of your care plan including medications, pelvic floor physical therapy or surgical intervention. Regardless of your treatment, your care team will work with you to understand the risk and benefits and what you can expect throughout your care and recovery.
Care Team Approach
We have assembled a team of experts that includes specialized physicians who specialize in minimally invasive surgery, associate providers, pelvic floor physical therapists, dietitians, and social workers. This team enables us to provide the right care for you at the right time. For some patients, nonsurgical interventions such as lifestyle modifications, pelvic floor physical therapy and medication can help improve pain and function, while surgery may be the best course of action for others. Whatever your needs, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.