Shamloo Elite Spine and Pain Institute
Ben Shamloo, MD FIPP
Interventional Spine & Pain Management located in Los Angeles, CA & Studio City, CA
Pelvic pain is a common problem for men and women of all ages, but it isn’t normal and shouldn’t be ignored. At Shamloo Elite Spine and Pain Institute in Beverly Hills, California, the team provides effective solutions to relieve pelvic pain when other conservative measures have failed. Ben Shamloo, MD, FIPP, is a kind and dedicated pain management specialist who respects the struggles and frustration that pelvic pain can cause. To get help for your pelvic pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Pelvic Pain Q & A
What is pelvic pain?
Pelvic pain is any pain located in the pelvis, lower abdomen, or genital area. It has numerous causes and can fluctuate in intensity and severity depending on your activity level, age, and hormone levels for women. Pelvic pain can affect men and women of all ages and is often triggered by aging, muscular imbalances, and surgical procedures like prostatectomies or hysterectomies.
Although pelvic pain is common, it isn’t normal. Dr. Shamloo has training to evaluate and treat many types of pelvic pain and works with the top specialists in the area should you need additional treatment from a gynecologist, physical therapist, surgeon, or mental health professional.
What causes pelvic pain?
Possible causes of pelvic pain include:
- Inflammation or injury to the nerves in the pelvis
- Cramps of smooth or skeletal muscles
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Ovarian cysts
- Uterine fibroids
- Scar tissue in the pelvic cavity
- Endometrial polyps
- Cancers of the reproductive tract
It’s possible to experience pelvic pain from other structures in the pelvis, like your bladder, urinary tract, and rectum, as well. Dr. Shamloo thoroughly evaluates all possible causes before determining your diagnosis.
How is pelvic pain diagnosed?
Pelvic pain is diagnosed through a focused medical history, discussion of your symptoms, and a physical exam. Based on your physical exam, Dr. Shamloo may order imaging or testing, like a diagnostic ultrasound, an MRI, or nerve conduction velocity (NCV) tests. He also reviews your medical records from your gynecologist or primary care physician.
Dr. Shamloo treats cancer pain in addition to pelvic pain, so if your symptoms are related to your cancer diagnosis or treatment plan, he works with your oncologist to ensure you receive the safest and most effective treatment possible.
How is pelvic pain treated?
Once Dr. Shamloo has diagnosed the cause of your pelvic pain, he outlines treatment approaches to help you. Dr. Shamloo specializes in pain management procedures like:
- Nerve blocks
- Epidural injections
- Corticosteroid injections
- Trigger point injections
- Joint and ligament injections
These procedures can be beneficial on their own, but can also complement other treatment approaches you may be using, like physical therapy, pessaries, surgery, or hormone replacement therapy. Dr. Shamloo discusses these options with you so you can choose the best approach for your needs and comfort level.
Get help for your pelvic pain now by calling the office or booking an appointment online.