Chiropractic and Pelvic Dysfunction
Chiropractors see many causes of pelvic pain in pregnancy; symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) and diastasis symphysis pubis (DSP) are just two of them. They can also see women with pelvic pain with organ dysfunction (PPOD)
Myofascial and Neuro-MSK Evaluations
Deanna Bates, DC, an assistant professor at Logan College of Chiropractic writes, that once other more serious causes of pelvic pain have been ruled out, she usually performs a myofascial evaluation in conjunction with a complete neuromusculoskeletal evaluation of the lumbosacral spine. “She often finds trigger points that, when treated, relieve patients’ pain, whether it’s something like dysmenorrhea or a more constant, chronic pelvic pain,” she notes.
Dr. Bates tells the story of one recent patient, a 70-year-old woman who had come to her after six months of testing for pelvic pain with no confirmed diagnosis. Physicians thought her pain originated in her urinary tract, but several rounds of antibiotics had no impact.
“History revealed mechanism of pelvic injury consistent with a sprain,” Dr. Bates says. “I found myofascial trigger points in her iliacus and inguinal ligaments, which reproduced her pain. Myofascial therapy and sacroiliac joint adjustments resolved her pain completely.”
Once myofascial trigger points have been identified, Dr. Bates typically uses a combination of soft-tissue techniques to treat them. “Treatment can be uncomfortable, so it’s important to seek constant feedback to make sure you’re not pushing the patient beyond his or her tolerance,” she says. (Published in the October 2012 ACA News.)
It is important to have early treatment as the condition, can be severely disabling and early chiropractic treatment will reduce the risk of you becoming a chronic sufferer.
Pelvic dysfunction is not life threatening – but it can be life limiting!