Common Pelvic Health Conditions

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Conditions relating to pelvic floor dysfunction are extremely common – and affect men and women of all ages.

Conditions: Women & Men

Abdominal Surgery & Scar Tissue

If you have recently had surgery, or have scar tissue from a previous injury, a pelvic physiotherapist may be able to help you recover function and comfort.


Pain in the coccyx or tailbone area.

Diastasis rectus abdominis (DrA)

Separation of the rectus abdominus muscle, leading to a weakening of core function and strength.


Menstrual pain or cramps that occur before or during menstruation.

Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome

Pain or burning with a full or filling bladder, or with emptying the bladder.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A disorder that affects the large intestine.

Pelvic organ prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is when one or more of the pelvic organs (the bladder, uterus, or rectum) encroach on the vaginal space.

Persistent Low Back Pain

Pain in the low back that hasn’t been successfully treated with conventional physio.

Piriformis Syndrome

A condition in which the piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region, spasms and causes buttock pain. The piriformis muscle can also irritate the nearby sciatic nerve and cause pain, numbness and tingling along the back of the leg and into the foot.

Pudendal Nerve Irritation (Alcock Canal Syndrome)

An uncommon source of chronic pain, in which the pudendal nerve (located in the pelvis) is entrapped or compressed.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Pain at the sacroiliac joint.


Nerve pain from irritation of the sciatic nerve.

Symphysis Pubis

Dysfunction pain at the pubic bone.

Conditions: Women


Difficult or painful sexual intercourse.


A condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causing pelvic pain.

Pregnancy-Related Pelvic/Low Back/Hip Pain

Low back, groin, pelvis pains, including carpal tunnel, water retention, numbness/tingling, related to pregnancy.


A condition that affects a woman's ability to engage in vaginal penetration, such as sexual intercourse, insertion of tampons or menstrual cups, and the penetration during gynecological examinations (pap tests).


Chronic pain in the vulva.

Common Pelvic Conditions


Constipation is typically diagnosed if bowel movements are 3 days apart or more, and technically is the infrequent and difficult passage of hard stools, which results in discomfort and pain. 

Chronic Pelvic Pain

Chronic pelvic pain can include any pain in or around the pelvic region that is present for three or more months with no physical diagnosis or medical explanation.


Nocturia (Nocturnal Urinating)

Nocturia is diagnosed when patients find the need to wake up several times in the night to urinate. In addition to disrupting your sleep, Nocturia can be a sign of an underlying medical condition.

Incontinence occurs when there is leakage of urine or feces that cannot be controlled. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze, to having an urge to urinate that's so sudden and strong you don't get to a toilet in time.

Urinary Frequency

Urinary Frequency is the need to urinate with a frequency that disrupts your normal routine.

Urgency to Urinate

Many clients experience discomfort in the bladder in the form of a strong and sometimes sudden physical urge to urinate or defecate that may be difficult to control.

If you suffer from any of these conditions, pelvic physiotherapy can help! 

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