Some children may experience pelvic pain. This may be a generalised ache or sharp stabbing pain in the pelvic region. Within the clinic we often see children, particularly girls as young as 6 years old, experiencing sharp stabbing vaginal or rectal pains, spasms or aching in the pelvis. These symptoms are commonly experienced in young dancers and gymnasts and are often caused by pelvic floor muscle tension, abdominal muscle tension and musculoskeletal imbalances.
Pain should always be fully investigated to avoid these symptoms from becoming chronic. Our physiotherapists are able to appropriately assess and teach strategies in order to manage these symptoms. Treatment may include a combination of education, manual therapy, diet and lifestyle changes. Internal pelvic examinations are not performed on children, however real-time ultrasound may be used to assist with pelvic floor muscle biofeedback.