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If you have pelvic pain or other pelvic problems, you may feel embarrassed to tell someone about your symptoms.

But rest assured, we have a highly trained team of experts who work with pelvic problems like yours. The pelvic pain team at University of Missouri Health Care specializes in treating male and female pelvic disorders.

What causes pelvic pain?

Both men and women have a pelvic floor. It’s made up of muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and nerves that help support and control the rectum and bladder. A pelvic floor that’s damaged or not working well can lead to poor tissue support and weakness.

The pelvic floor can be damaged by:

  • Chronic disease
  • Direct trauma (such as a sports injury or repeated heavy lifting)
  • Sitting too long on hard surfaces
  • Surgery

Types of pelvic floor disorders

Pelvic floor disorders include:

  • Fecal incontinence. This is when you lose control of your bowel movements.
  • Pelvic organ prolapse. This is a health problem that happens to women when the uterus, bladder or bowel drops down into the vagina.
  • Urinary incontinence. This is when you lose control of your bladder.

Pelvic floor conditions we treat

Pelvic floor disorders can be hard to treat, but not just because the condition is complex. It’s also because people are often too embarrassed to ask for help or they believe there’s no treatment. Many people think they must simply live with the problem.

Women’s pelvic disorders

Specialists at the Mizzou Therapy Services-Rangeline Clinic are highly trained to treat female pelvic floor problems. They also provide treatment for issues during prenatal (pregnancy) and postpartum (after childbirth) care.

Symptoms of pelvic floor health problems in women include:

  • Constipation or trouble passing bowel movements
  • Pain, heaviness, pressure or muscle spasms in the pelvic area or genitals
  • Sudden, urgent need to urinate
  • Trouble urinating

Male pelvic disorders

Symptoms and conditions of male pelvic disorders include:

  • Constipation or trouble moving bowels
  • Incontinence (lack of control over urination)
  • Overactive bladder
  • Pain in the genitals (pudendal neuralgia)
  • Painful sexual function
  • Pelvic pain
  • Trouble urinating

Pelvic pain treatments we offer

Our specialists are highly trained to fully assess your specific health problems and build a personal program for your needs. We’ll evaluate your inner and outer muscle strength and the tissues that support them, so we can develop a treatment plan that best fits your needs.

We’ll help you build your muscle strength to support your pelvic floor and control your symptoms.