You’ve had some lower back pain, but your doctor can’t find a physical reason for it. No spinal stenosis, no pinched nerves, no shot discs. Nothing that would explain your lower back pain. Well, could it be a pelvic floor issue?
Did you know that pelvic floor problems can cause pain in your lower back?
That group of muscles aren’t just there to hold in and sustain all that “down there” for women. Yes, traditionally pelvic floor issues have been defined only as a “women’s health issue.”
Things like incontinence, prolapse, sexual dysfunction or severe pelvic pain issues. Many people can, however, have hip or low back pain and the actual source of the pain is partially a pelvic floor dysfunction such as core instability due in part to pelvic floor weakness. Yes it is more common in women. After all, women’s pelvic floor is put to the test carrying and delivering babies.
The central stability system
If you, the patient are having some issues like incontinence (minor or not) or painful sex, you maybe having pelvic floor issues.
What physical therapists and doctors need to keep in mind is that the pelvic floor muscles are part of the central stability system. It affects things like postural stability, supports movement and stabilizes the hip, pelvis and low back directly.
But there are other indicators that your doctor and/or physical therapist should be aware of: pelvic instability, core weakness, trunk instability, balance dysfunction, postural dysfunction, and hip instability.
Tell all your symptoms
Don’t be afraid to mention all symptoms to your doctor and therapist. It can help both diagnose whether the pain in your lower back involves the pelvic floor or not. Don’t be afraid to speak up.
Get the relief you need by talking about all your symptoms!
Please know that there is help and treatment for this kind of problem! Call and schedule a consult with our women’s health specialist today at 303-778-7246 (Pearl Street Clinic) or 720-493-1181 (Dry Creek Clinic)