Pelvic Pain

Expert Pelvic Pain Care with Dr Randall Hammond: Restoring Your Comfort and Well-being

Are you experiencing persistent pelvic pain that affects your daily life? Do you find yourself searching for answers and relief? Dr Randall Hammond, a highly skilled and compassionate gynaecologist, understands the challenges you may be facing. With his extensive experience and expertise in women’s health, Dr Hammond is dedicated to helping you find the underlying causes of your pelvic pain and providing personalised care to restore your comfort and well-being.

Understanding Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain refers to any discomfort or pain experienced in the lower abdominal area, below the belly button. It can range from mild to severe and may be chronic or intermittent. Dr Hammond specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain, recognising that it can have a profound impact on your physical and emotional well-being.

Pelvic Pain Diagnoses

If you are experiencing pelvic pain, it is essential to seek medical evaluation from a gynaecologist like Dr Randall Hammond. During your consultation, Dr Hammond will take the time to listen to your symptoms, ask relevant questions, and conduct a comprehensive examination. Common diagnostic methods for pelvic pain include:

  • Medical History Review: Dr Hammond will discuss your medical history, including any previous surgeries, pregnancies, or underlying medical conditions that may contribute to your symptoms.
  • Physical Examination: A thorough physical examination, including a pelvic examination, allows Dr Hammond to assess the pelvic organs and identify any abnormalities or signs of inflammation.
  • Imaging Tests: Ultrasound, MRI, or CT scans may be used to visualise the pelvic area and provide detailed images of the reproductive organs, bladder, and intestines.
  • Laboratory Tests: Blood tests or urine analysis may be conducted to rule out infections, hormonal imbalances, or other underlying conditions that may contribute to your pelvic pain.

Pelvic Pain Symptoms

It’s important to recognise the various symptoms associated with pelvic pain, as they can vary depending on the underlying cause. Common symptoms include:

 

  • Dull, aching pain in the lower abdomen
  • Sharp or stabbing pain in the pelvic region
  • Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea)
  • Chronic pelvic pain lasting six months or longer
  • Pain or discomfort with urination or bowel movements
  • Bloating or abdominal pressure

Pelvic Pain Causes

Pelvic pain can have multiple causes, and identifying the underlying factor is crucial in developing an effective treatment plan. Dr Hammond will work closely with you to determine the cause of your pelvic pain, which may include:

  • Gynecological Conditions: Conditions such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or adenomyosis can cause pelvic pain.
  • Reproductive System Disorders: Conditions affecting the reproductive system, such as ovarian torsion or pelvic congestion syndrome, can contribute to pelvic pain.
  • Urinary Tract Infections: Infections in the urinary tract, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), can cause pelvic discomfort and pain.
  • Musculoskeletal Issues: Musculoskeletal problems, including muscle tension, pelvic floor dysfunction, or pelvic joint instability, can lead to pelvic pain.
  • Digestive Disorders: Digestive conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can cause pelvic pain, as the intestines are located in the pelvic region.
  • Psychological Factors: Emotional stress, anxiety, and depression can exacerbate pelvic pain or contribute to its development.

Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Pelvic pain during pregnancy is a common concern for many expectant mothers. As your body undergoes significant changes to accommodate the growing baby, the pelvic region experiences increased pressure and strain. This can lead to discomfort and pain. It’s important to understand the causes of pelvic pain during pregnancy and the available treatment options to ensure a comfortable and healthy pregnancy.

The causes of pelvic pain during pregnancy can vary, but some common factors include:

  • Hormonal Changes: During pregnancy, your body produces a hormone called relaxin, which relaxes the ligaments and joints in preparation for childbirth. This hormonal shift can result in increased pelvic joint mobility, leading to pain and instability.
  • Weight Gain: As your baby grows, the added weight puts pressure on the pelvic region, causing discomfort and pain.
  • Postural Changes: To accommodate the growing baby bump, your posture naturally adjusts, which can strain the muscles and ligaments in the pelvic area.
  • Round Ligament Pain: The round ligaments that support the uterus stretch and grow during pregnancy. When these ligaments are pulled or stretched, they can cause sharp, shooting pains in the lower abdomen and groin.
  • Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD): This condition occurs when the pelvic joint becomes too relaxed, causing pain and instability.

When experiencing pelvic pain during pregnancy

it’s essential to seek medical advice from Dr Hammond. He can evaluate your symptoms, rule out any underlying concerns, and recommend appropriate treatment options. The treatment options for pelvic pain during pregnancy may include:

  • Prenatal Exercises: Engaging in gentle exercises and stretches specifically designed for pregnancy can help strengthen the muscles that support the pelvis and alleviate pain. Your healthcare provider or a prenatal exercise specialist can guide you in choosing safe and effective exercises.
  • Pelvic Support Belts: Wearing a pelvic support belt or maternity support belt can provide additional support to the pelvic region and help relieve pain by reducing pressure on the joints.
  • Heat and Cold Therapy: Applying heat or cold packs to the pelvic area can provide temporary relief from pain and inflammation. Make sure to follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations on the appropriate duration and frequency of use.
  • Physical Therapy: In more severe cases of pelvic pain during pregnancy, your healthcare provider may refer you to a physical therapist who specializes in prenatal care. They can provide targeted exercises, manual therapy, and techniques to address pelvic instability and alleviate pain.
  • Pain Medication: In certain situations, your healthcare provider may prescribe safe pain medication options that are suitable for use during pregnancy. It’s important to follow their guidance and only take medication as directed.

Remember to consult with Dr Hammond before initiating any treatment or medication during pregnancy. He will consider your individual circumstances and recommend the most appropriate options to ensure the health and safety of both you and your baby.

Pelvic Pain Treatment

Once the underlying cause of your pelvic pain is determined, Dr Hammond will develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. The goal of treatment is to alleviate your pain, improve your quality of life, and address the underlying cause. Treatment options may include:

  • Medications: Depending on the cause of your pelvic pain, Dr Hammond may prescribe medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), hormonal medications, or antibiotics to manage pain, reduce inflammation, or treat infections.
  • Physical Therapy: Pelvic floor physical therapy can be effective in addressing musculoskeletal issues and pelvic floor dysfunction that contribute to pelvic pain. Therapeutic exercises, manual techniques, and relaxation techniques can help strengthen muscles, improve posture, and relieve pain.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Dr Hammond specialises in minimally invasive procedures to treat gynaecological conditions that cause pelvic pain. These may include:

  • Laparoscopic surgery: A minimally invasive surgical technique that uses small incisions and a camera to diagnose and treat conditions like endometriosis or ovarian cysts.
  • Hysteroscopy: A procedure that involves inserting a thin, lighted tube through the vagina and cervix to visualize and treat conditions affecting the uterus, such as fibroids or polyps.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Dr Hammond may recommend lifestyle changes to help manage your pelvic pain, such as stress reduction techniques, regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate hydration. These changes can have a positive impact on your overall well-being and symptom management.
  • Collaborative Care: In some cases, addressing pelvic pain may require a multidisciplinary approach. Dr Hammond will collaborate with other healthcare providers, such as pain management specialists, urologists, or gastroenterologists, to ensure comprehensive care and optimal outcomes.

Compassionate Support for Your Pelvic Pain Journey

Dr Randall Hammond and his compassionate team understand the physical and emotional toll that pelvic pain can have on your life. They are dedicated to providing a supportive environment where you can openly discuss your concerns and receive personalised care. Dr Hammond will listen attentively to your symptoms, concerns, and goals, ensuring that your treatment plan is tailored to your unique needs.

 

Throughout your journey, Dr Hammond will empower you with knowledge, answer your questions, and provide guidance and support every step of the way. He is committed to helping you regain control over your pelvic pain and improving your quality of life.

 

 

If you are experiencing pelvic pain, don’t suffer in silence. Dr Hammond and his experienced team are here to help. With his expertise in gynaecology and compassionate approach, Dr Hammond will work closely with you to diagnose the underlying cause of your pelvic pain and develop an individualised treatment plan. By addressing the root cause, managing symptoms, and providing on-going support, we aim to restore your comfort and well-being.

 

Take the first step towards relief by scheduling a consultation with Dr Hammond. Together, you can uncover the causes of your pelvic pain and embark on a path to healing. Don’t let pelvic pain hold you back from living a fulfilling life. Let Dr Hammond and his team be your partners in reclaiming your comfort and restoring your overall well-being. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

 

Feel free to call us on 033 492 0254 or drop us an email at . We are located at Suite 7, Hilton Health, 3 Monzali Drive, Hilton, 3245. Your health matters to us.

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