If you have pelvic pain, there’s hope. Magued Fadly, MD, QME, at California Spine & Pain Institute in West Hills & Encino, California, is an expert in interventional pain treatments. Dr. Fadly and his team can treat the nerves responsible for your pelvic pain and give you relief. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Pelvic pain may originate anywhere in your pelvic region, including in the muscles, other soft tissues, and organs that make up your reproductive, urinary, and digestive systems. When your pelvic pain lasts longer than six months, it’s considered a chronic pain problem.
The type of pain can vary from one person to the next. Your pain may be severe, a dull ache, or feel more like uncomfortable pressure. Some patients describe it as beginning like a tingling feeling that worsens and becomes painful.
Although it occurs more often in women, chronic pelvic pain can also affect men. Some of the possible causes include:
Dr. Fadly provides interventional pain treatments that are effective regardless of the underlying cause because they target the nerves responsible for sending pain signals.
As an interventional pain specialist, Dr. Fadly has extensive experience determining the potential nerves responsible for your pain, but he identifies the precise nerves using a diagnostic injection of anesthesia. If the anesthesia relieves your pain, it verifies the right nerves were isolated, and you may then receive a nerve block.
Nerve blocks are used to treat chronic pelvic pain because they stop pain signals sent from your nerves to your brain. The source of the pain is still there, but you won’t feel any pain because your brain doesn’t get the message.
Dr. Fadly performs several types of nerve blocks. He may inject an anesthesia to temporarily stop the pain or use a longer-lasting option, such as radiofrequency, to ablate or destroy a tiny area of the nerve. Ablation can also be achieved by injecting substances, such as phenol or alcohol.
Some patients with pelvic pain may be good candidates for spinal cord stimulation, which uses a pulse generator to send a mild electric current to the nerves. The electric current can either mask or block nerve signals.
At California Spine & Pain Institute, patients with ongoing pelvic pain have multiple treatment options that can effectively alleviate their pain. To learn about your options, call the office or book an appointment online.