Perineal Pain

Find out more about perineal pain and how Torrance Pain Institute can help you manage your pain, improve your quality of life, and get back to doing the things you enjoy.

Pain in and around the pelvic region can understandably be alarming. If just sitting down to rest feels uncomfortable for you, this could very well be a sign of perineal pain caused by pudendal nerve entrapment. 

What is perineal pain?

Perineal pain refers to pain coming from the perineum. The perineum is the area between the genitals and the anus. This pain can be felt in that specific spot, the genitals, buttocks, and even up to the belly and down to the legs. 

One major cause of perineal pain is pudendal nerve entrapment. The pudendal nerve stretches from the back of the pelvis to the base of the genitals. It is responsible for signaling sensations from that lower part of the body to the brain. 

The pudendal nerve can be damaged from an injury, surgery, childbirth, or physical activities that put too much pressure on the area like biking. 

What are the symptoms of perineal pain?

Common symptoms of perineal pain include:

  • Pain in the pelvic region
  • Heightened sensitivity 
  • Swollen sensation
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Difficulty urinating or defecating
  • Pain during sex

Symptoms more specific to pudendal nerve entrapment include:

  • Burning or prickling pain
  • Sudden or gradual pain
  • Constant or intermittent pain
  • Numbness
  • Swollen sensation, as if an object were stuck in the perineum
  • Pain when sitting 

What is the treatment for perineal pain?

Perineal pain can be treated with a pudendal nerve block. This is a procedure where an anesthetic is injected into the pelvis to stop the pudendal nerve from sending pain signals to the brain. 

If you are suffering from perineal pain and you’re interested in learning more about getting a pudendal nerve block, call Torrance Pain Institute today. Our expert pain management doctor would be more than happy to talk to you about the treatment.