Both men and women can experience pelvic pain although it is more common in women. There are many causes for pelvic pain and any symptoms of pain, burning or irritation in the pelvis or inner thighs should be discussed with your physician.
Physical therapy addresses the musculoskeletal aspect of pelvic pain. Muscle spasms, muscle weakness and/or nerve tension can be the result of various pelvic floor dysfunctions or can be the cause of pelvic pain. Some pelvic floor dysfunctions treated by physical therapy include: vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis (IC), dyspareunia (pain with intercourse), vaginismus, endometriosis, vestibulitis and chronic prostatitis.
Physical therapy treatments for pelvic pain are individualized based upon evaluation findings. Treatment typically includes soft tissue manipulation, trigger point release, stretching, biofeedback and modalities such as ultrasound, low level laser and electrical stimulation.