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Allyson Augusta Shrikhande, MD. Interviewee on Pelvic Health Summit – CPPS. Pelvic Health Summit. 2018 May. Link to Interview.
Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) is a condition involving ongoing pain in the pelvic region. Pain experienced can vary from person to person, ranging in severity (mild or severe), type (dull or sharp), and longevity (constant or intermittent). CPPS-related pain can spread to the buttocks, lower back, and thighs.
Causes for CPPS can vary, ranging from pelvic nerve irritation to more severe conditions like fibromyalgia. According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors are beginning to recognize that muscles and ligaments in the pelvic floor can be related to CPPS. Other causes for CPPS include:
There are many symptoms related to CPPS, including:
In women, ovarian conditions can also be a cause for CPPS, including:
In men, pelvic pain can often be overlooked due to its relation to our conditions or problems stemming from:
It’s important to know that CPPS isn’t always helped with traditional treatments. In some cases, surgeries have even worsened symptoms. This is because CPPS is often brought on by a combination of nervous system activity and feelings of anxiety and worry.
The simple answer is yes, but the prognosis depends on the underlying etiology. With a multimodal treatment approach, patients can do very well.
We offer a combination of holistic treatments, protocols, and physical therapies to help with CPPS symptoms. Starting with your first visit, we’ll listen to your concerns and conduct an examination to ensure an accurate diagnosis of CPPS or any other condition. After fully understanding your conditions we may recommend a serious of ultrasound guided trigger point injections to help provide relief from chronic pelvic pain.