Pelvic floor patient receiving treatment for pudendal neuralgia / entrapment at Pelvic Health Physical Therapy in Madison, NJ.

Pudendal Neuralgia / Entrapment

What is pudendal neuralgia?

Pudendal neuralgia is a type of pelvic dysfunction that originates from damage, irritation or entrapment of the pudendal nerve as it courses through the pelvis.

The pudendal nerve is one of the main nerves in the pelvis, supplying areas such as the:

• lower buttocks
• area between the buttocks and genitals (perineum)
• area around the rectum
• vulva, labia, and clitoris in women
• scrotum and penis in men

Pudendal neuralgia can be very uncomfortable and distressing, but help is available and there are several unique treatments that can be implemented into our treatment plan.

Signs and Symptoms:

You usually feel pudendal neuralgia symptoms in your lower body, genitals, or perineum (the area between your genitals and anus). These may include:

• A sharp or burning pain
• Increased sensitivity
• Numbness or a pins-and-needles feeling
• A swollen feeling
• A sudden or frequent need to go to the bathroom (urination or defecation)
• Trouble or pain during sex
• For men, problems getting an erection, ejaculation, post-ejaculation

These feelings might be worse when you sit down or use the toilet. You may have symptoms on one or both sides of your body, and they might go into your belly, buttocks, or legs.

What's The Next Step?

At Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, our certified physical therapists will provide you with a thorough evaluation to determine what the best treatment plan will be for you. We understand how inhibiting pain and stiffness can be, and we want to help get you back to comfortably living your life. We'll help lift all of your physical stresses away!

Please email to book an appointment, or call our office at 908-443-9880.