Groin pain? Get the correct diagnosis
Okay, so you’ve got a lot strange symptoms this drives you crazy and disrupts your life. Every doctor tells you that there is nothing wrong with you. You feel like you are losing your mind. It’s all normal; We hear it from men all the time. So how do we get a diagnosis? It takes a bit of digging, but it’s a pretty straightforward process.
When it comes to pelvic floor dysfunction, physical and mental health are inextricably linked. First, we go through your medical history and do a thorough review. Dr. Werner examines the blood count to see what to expect. There is an extensive physical exam and one of our nurses spends a lot of time reviewing your medical history. We need to get a good picture of what is going on on your body.
After the physical exam, the patient sees the therapist. As a psychiatrist, I will examine your family of origin, current lifestyle and health habits and give you various assessments to determine how much stress, anxiety or depression is currently active in your life. I want to find out how much fear or stress is situational and how much just how hard you are as a person.
We go through the entire list of symptoms mentioned on our early blog. We listen to you and your symptoms and believe you! Then we ask more questions and see if we can discover symptoms that you may have missed or that you may not have noticed. Many men are amazed when I ask them questions about topics out of the blue. We don’t usually tell patients why we ask questions to minimize psychosomatic events, but when a man has complained of perineal pain and I happen to ask about a thin stream of urine, they are surprised they have something to do with each other!
If we see evidence that you may have problems with your pelvic floor, the final step in making a diagnosis is sending you to a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor dysfunction. Seeing a pelvic floor specialist is important because most physical therapists don’t get pelvic floor therapy training. The pelvic floor therapist will perform a thorough pelvic exam. Most often, they attach electrodes to the groin and perineum and measure muscle activity in the pelvis. When the muscles are tense, the electrodes pick up this and indicate with a number – the higher the number, the greater the pelvic tension.
We have a pelvic floor specialist in our staff, Steven Lavender, Who can diagnose and recommend a tailored treatment plan (read their bio here).
Our goal is to treat the whole person. Contact us today to schedule a free telephone consultation.