The pelvis is designed to withstand and distribute the weight of our bodies with daily movement. Strong core muscles, ligaments, and joints in the area are built to properly distribute weight between the upper and lower body, creating a complex and amazing pelvic girdle complex that helps us function as human beings. Additionally, the bones of the pelvis house and protect vital organs like the reproductive system, bladder, and bottom of the digestive tract. Thus, when pelvic pain strikes, it can have a major effect on your ability to participate in your daily activities.
Causes of Pelvic Pain
When pain occurs in the pelvis, there are a lot of underlying reasons that could be contributing to it. Some of these reasons are more sinister than others, making seeking professional guidance essential for the best possible outcomes. Some of the possible causes include the following:
- Urinary tract infection
- Female reproductive problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, or fibroids
- Pubic symphysis dysfunction (the joint and bones that form our pubic area)
- Sacroiliac (SI) dysfunction (the joints found under the back dimples where the spine and pelvis meet)
- Core weakness
- Direct injury from a fall, car accident, other blow
- Spine misalignment
As you can see, there are a lot of causes that are related to mechanical changes and imbalances within the pelvis anatomy itself. If you suspect your pain is caused by internal organ issues and you are experiencing nausea, fever, vomiting, or severe pain get in touch with your healthcare provider immediately.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Ultimately, the pelvis can be considered a direct continuation of the spine itself. In fact, the lowest fused five vertebrae of the spine (known as the sacrum) are part of the pelvic girdle complex. Regardless of the underlying cause, a majority of people suffering from pelvic pain experience it within the pelvic joints themselves: the pubic symphysis or the sacroiliac joints. Understanding how these joints interact with each other and the entire skeletal system is most often the key to getting relief and recovering, which is where a chiropractor comes in.
Chiropractors are experts in alignment, particularly of the spine. Focusing on restoring balance to the pelvis and spine simultaneously can unlock the body’s potential for healing and being pain free. When any area in the lower back or pelvis is out of alignment, it can put the entire system out of balance and cause dysfunction. A chiropractor can promote balance with treatment options like pelvis or spine adjustments, manual therapy (massage), exercise training, posture training, and more.
Restoring Balance in the Pelvis
Finding a chiropractor certified in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), an elite scientific approach to spine alignment is one of your best options for the management of pelvis pain. Since spine and pelvis misalignment can compromise nerve flow, addressing this underlying issue first can help you tackle your pelvis pain with better and long lasting holistic results. Whether you are having pelvic pain from an injury, pregnancy, or an unknown imbalance, find a CBP provider in your area to see how they can help you manage or even get rid of your pelvis pain.