Excelsior Pain Management
Jonathan Chin, MD
Pain Management located in Austin, TX
Pelvic pain affects women and men alike, often as the result of conditions affecting the digestive, reproductive, or urinary systems. At Excelsior Pain Management in Austin, Texas, Harvard-trained and double board-certified, Jonathan Chin, MD, provides treatment to reduce pelvic pain that improves your quality of life without the need for medication or invasive surgery. To schedule an appointment, call the office today or use the online booking feature.
Pelvic Pain Q & A
What causes pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain affects the area between your belly button and your hips, and for women it often arises from a problem with their reproductive system. However, there are other potential causes of pelvic pain for both men and women, including infections, pain in the pelvis bone, and conditions affecting internal organs outside the reproductive system.
Conditions that can lead to pelvic pain, regardless of gender, include:
- Painful bladder syndrome
- Urinary tract infections
- Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and colitis
When pelvic pain is the sign of an underlying condition, treating that condition may relieve your symptoms. However, sometimes pelvic pain has no traceable cause or is just one part of a complex chronic condition that’s difficult to control. In these situations, treatment that’s specifically aimed at controlling the pain may yield the best results, and will, in turn, help you to better manage your chronic condition.
What are the signs and symptoms of pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain ranges from mild to severe and can take the form of:
- Intense, constant pain
- A dull ache
- Pain that happens in waves
- Cramps or sharp, stabbing pain
- A feeling of pressure in your pelvis
You may find your pelvic pain is worst in specific situations, including during sexual intercourse, while urinating or having a bowel movement, or when you sit for long periods at a time. For some people, lying down provides temporary relief from pelvic pain.
What treatments are available for pelvic pain?
At Excelsior Pain Management, Dr. Chin treats pelvic pain with approaches that directly target the pain signals reaching your pelvis, including:
Dr. Chin implants a device that uses mild electrical devices to precisely control pain signals from nerves leading to your pelvic area. He is one of the few providers trained in dorsal root ganglion stimulation in addition to spinal cord stimulation.
Dr. Chin injects a local anesthetic and steroid into the area of your pelvic pain to block the nerves from transmitting pain signals.
Electrical current from radio waves heats and destroys a specific area of nerve tissue, decreasing pain signals.
When you visit Dr. Chin for pelvic pain, he’ll also perform a full medical examination to determine if your pelvic pain is the result of a medical condition requiring further treatment. If necessary, he may refer you to a specialist for care, such as a gynecologist, gastroenterologist, or urologist. Even in these situations, a pain management approach can help you to quickly feel better.
For expert diagnosis and to get relief from your pelvic pain, call Excelsior Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.