Pudendal neuralgia occurs when the pudendal nerve becomes compressed or irritated as it runs its course through the gluteal and pelvic floor muscles.
The symptoms can often develop slowly and sometimes present themselves months or years later. Sarton Physical Therapy can effectively treat this debilitating condition. Patients who suffer from pudendal neuralgia often describe their pain as burning, numbness, pins and needles, stabbing, stinging or cramping along the path of the pudendal nerve.
Common Causes of Pudendal Neuralgia:
- Sitting on a hard surface for prolonged periods of time
- Trauma to the nerve from an accident or fall
- Exercise (Cycling)
- Biomechanical dysfunction
Patients with the following symptoms should be assessed by a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist:
- Pain in the perineum or anal region
- In men, pain in the penis or scrotum
- In women, pain in the labia or vulva
- Pain during intercourse
- Pain when urinating or having a bowel movement or increased urinary frequency
- Pain with sitting that goes away when standing
- Sensation of a foreign object being within the body or of sitting on a foreign object
How does Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Help?
A research study of physical therapy and pudendal neuralgia found that more than 88% of patients found significant improvement of their symptoms. Our therapists will evaluate the patient’s symptoms and inspect the biomechanical and structural causes of pudendal neuralgia such as muscle imbalances and joint misalignment. Our team will then develop an individualized-treatment plan. Common goals of treatment include diminishing trigger points (any spot in the patient’s skeletal muscle or fascia that causes pain not related to inflammation or injury), lengthening the pelvic floor muscles, eliminating connective tissue restrictions, decreasing tension along the path of the pudendal nerve and its branches and reducing neural tension caused by physiological or mechanical abnormalities such as tight muscles or narrow nerve paths. To help our patients heal faster, we employ cutting-edge modalities such as warm laser therapy and teach them pain-reduction strategies. In an effort to prevent this from recurring, we develop a specialized exercise and strengthening program for our patients. To ensure the best possible results, the therapists at Sarton Physical Therapy always spend an hour with each patient during every appointment.
Let our expert Physical Therapists with advanced board certification in pelvic floor physical therapy help. Please contact Sarton Physical Therapy with any questions or to have your patients schedule an appointment.