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PELVIC PAIN

-Often refers to pain in a woman’s reproductive organs

-Can be present in men or woman

-May have multiple causes

-May be due to infection, pain in the pelvic bone or in non-reproductive organs

-In women, may be indication that there is a problem with one of the reproductive organs

  Uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix or vagina

Causes of in men and women, may include:

-appendicitis

-bladder disorders

-sexually transmitted diseases

-kidney problems – infection or stones

-intestinal disorders

-nerve conditions

-hernia – umbilical or inguinal

-pelvis disorder

-fracture

-Psychogenic pain

Causes in woman only, may include:

-ectopic pregnancy

-miscarriage

-pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

-ovulation

-menstrual cramps

-ovarian cysts

-fibroids

-endometriosis

-Cancer – uterine or cervical

Symptoms that suggest a problem is present

-Menstrual cramps/pain.

-Vaginal bleeding or discharge

-Urination problems – painful or difficulty with 

-Constipation or diarrhea

-Bloating or gas

-Blood in stools

-Painful intercourse

-Fever or chills

-Pain in hip or groin regions

How to determine what is causing the pain

-Physical examination

-Blood testing

-Urine test

-Cultures from vagina or penis

-X-rays of abdomen or pelvis

-Bone density testing

-Diagnostic laparoscopy

-Hysteroscopy

-Test to check the contents of the stool

-Lower endoscopy

-Ultrasound

-CT scan

Treatment

-Depends on the cause, intensity and frequency of pain

-Medications

-Surgery may be an option if pain results from a problem in one of the organs

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Posture and Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain is a miserable experience. Although some cases of neck pain are caused by an injury, many are simply due to poor posture. Poor posture stresses the muscles of the neck and can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Over time, the stresses of poor posture on the neck can cause degenerative diseases to develop in the discs and bones of the neck. Forward head A very commonly seen posture that puts a lot of strain on the neck is the forward head. The individual habitually thrusts the head forward, carrying it out in front of the shoulders. In this position, the weight of the head is constantly pulling on the spine and the shoulders. Sitting for hours hunched over a desk or a computer is a common cause of forward head. Many people with this habitual forward head carriage suffer from sore shoulders as well as a sore neck. Over time, the vertebrae at the base of the neck (C5 and C6) can develop painful degenerative conditions due to the constant weight of the head pulling on them in the forward head posture. Correct posture A correct posture is one that keeps the spine in alignment. Some people call it a neutral or balanced posture. One exercise to encourage a neutral posture is to focus on opening the chest wide as you try to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Once your chest is open, bring your head into alignment. Think of a string pulling up the top of your head and lengthening the neck. When you do this, your chin will tuck in and your head will naturally shift into proper alignment with your spine. Do the open chest/ string exercise multiple times a day. Other exercises to build better posture are head nods and chin tucks. To do a head nod, slowly nod your head slightly up and down without moving your neck. To do chin tucks, tip your nose down toward the ground and move the top of your head backwards. Repeat head nods and chin tucks several times a day. These exercises strengthen the muscles on the front of the neck. Individuals with habitual forward head posture usually have very weak muscles in the front of the neck. If you've worked hard at correcting your posture and you are still suffering from neck pain, why not give us a call?


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