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Advanced Pain Institute

Pelvic pain may be truly difficult to diagnose since chronic pelvic pain sufferers may have an associated gastrointestinal pathology. The cervix, uterus, ovaries, and lower portions of the ileum, sigmoid colon, and rectum have the same visceral innervations. All female pelvic pain patients should first see a gynecologist and all male pelvic pain patients should first see a urologist. Since the differential diagnosis may be confusing, for example, patient suffering from irritable bowel syndrome could easily have referred pain to the pelvic region. To complicate matters, some health care members such as gynecologists, general practitioners, internists, may not be trained in various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that can be offered by a skilled interventional pain physician such as Dr. Minehart. Patients that come see Dr. Minehart should with them studies that include pelvic ultrasound, abdominal MRI, bone scan, and lab tests like CA-125.

Male pelvic pain

Despite thousands and thousands of hysterectomies being performed for pelvic pain, many times the patient will begin to experience the same pain 4-6 months after the surgical intervention. This makes me believe that the sympathetic nerves are involved with some of the most difficult pelvic pain patients and require a well performed sympathetic block to prove the etiology that patients are suffering from sympathetic mediated pain. Those patients may also benefit from spinal cord stimulator/neuromodulation


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Hip Pain Q & A

Hip pain can occur due to a variety of reasons, from diseases, injuries and conditions in other areas of the body. These include:
  • Sprains
  • Pinched nerves
  • Arthritis
  • Hip fractures
  • Cancerous growths

Typically, hip pain occurs on the inside of the hip or groin area. When it is from the outside of the hip, the outer buttock region or the upper thigh, these typically stem from issues with ligaments, tendons, muscles or other tissues around the hip joint.

For minor hip pain, the sensation can go away on its own but for those seeking immediate relief there are options like the following:

  • Applying hot or cold compresses
  • Over the counter pain relievers
  • Avoiding strenuous activities and positions
  • Resting

If there is no pain relief, then consult a physician. Contact I. Michael Minehart, M.D. at the Advanced Pain Institute and schedule an appointment.

If your pain is impairing your physical functions, negatively impacting your daily life and making ordinary activities challenging, then seek professional medical care. Reach out to I. Michael Minehart, M.D. at the Advanced Pain Institute, offering quality treatment options, including:

I. Michael Minehart, M.D.

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I. Michael Minehart, M.D. is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in interventional pain management for the treatment of chronic pain.