Abdominal Wall Pain is an umbrella term that refers to widespread pain in the abdominal/tummy area. There are a number of treatments and approaches to managing it and our team of highly specialised physiotherapists, trained in managing this condition, are here to help!
Abdominal Wall Pain is an umbrella term used for diffuse, or widespread pain that is felt in the abdominal/tummy area that cannot be explained by more common conditions. It can be caused by a number of different things including hernias and abdominal surgery or procedures, and is generally a diagnosis of exclusion. This means that other potential causes must be ruled out before a diagnosis of abdominal wall pain ‘syndrome’ can be made. Therefore, the diagnosis process can often be quite a lengthy one.
Common causes for abdominal wall pain include:
Most of the time abdominal wall pain develops gradually, and is often contributed to by stress and gut function, which we know are two things that are highly linked.
Depending on the cause, there are a number of different treatment techniques or approaches to managing abdominal wall pain. However, Physiotherapy can be one of the most effective, due to all the associated musculoskeletal issues (as listed above) that are often present. Physiotherapy has been shown to significantly reduce pain and symptoms, and improve function and general well-being, due to the ‘whole-body’ approach it takes. Treatment generally includes some or all of the following:
If a more medical approach is required, then things like pain medication or trigger-point injection therapy can also help. However considering surgery would always be one of the last options, due to additional problems that simply having an invasive operation can present.
Our team of highly specialised physiotherapists at Central Health are trained in managing this condition, so don’t wait for your symptoms to get worse before you seek help or advice. Book in with one of us today for a thorough assessment to see if we can get to the bottom of what is causing your pain. Often just one session can be enough to feel the benefits!
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