Scar tissue is typically accompanied by adhesions, which are the sticking together of adjacent tissues that would typically move on their own, free from one another. Adhesions will continue to limit range of motion and function after surgery.

In an abdominal adhesion, the small and large intestines can be twisted or pulled out of place, which can cause an intestinal obstruction. This results in the blockage of movement of food or stool.

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What causes abdominal adhesions?

The most common cause of abdominal adhesions is abdominal adhesions. In fact, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, “of patients who undergo abdominal surgery, 93 percent develop abdominal adhesions.” These can include cuts of internal organs, handling of internal organs, and the drying out of internal organs and tissues. The contact of internal tissues with foreign materials, such as gauze or surgical gloves, as well as blood or blood clots that were not rinsed away during surgery can also cause adhesions.

Inflammation that is not related to surgery can also cause adhesions, such as appendix rupture, radiation treatment, gynecological infections and abdominal infections.

What are the symptoms and complications from inner scar tissue?

While most symptoms of abdominal adhesions are not apparent, most people will experience chronic abdominal pain. In some cases, people will experience emergency symptoms such as severe abdominal pain or cramping, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal swelling. It’s important that you seek medical attention immediately.

Abdominal adhesions could lead to female infertility and a woman could be unable to get pregnant after a year of trying. This happens because the adhesions prevent fertilized eggs from reaching the uterus, where fetal development takes place. Adhesions inside the uterus may result in repeated miscarriages.

How can I treat abdominal adhesions?

Abdominal adhesions that are not causing symptoms don’t usually need to be treated. However, if you have adhesions and are dealing with pain, intestinal obstruction or fertility, surgery will be necessary to correct the issue.

Talk to your doctor when you’re dealing with symptoms and he or she will help you determine what the best course of action is for your health.

At Aligned Medical Group, our treatment plan often includes joint mobilization or manipulation, therapeutic stretching and strengthening exercises, muscle stimulation, ice therapy or moist heat application. In addition to these therapies, Graston Technique is a very effective and specialized treatment that aids in breaking up scar tissue and adhesions and restores range of motion to an affected joint. During this therapy, stainless steel instruments are used to glide along the scar tissue to enhance mobility and encourage resorption.

If you’re dealing with pain in your abdomen or have recently undergone abdominal surgery, you could be suffering from abdominal adhesions. Click here to schedule a free consultation with a physician from Aligned Medical Group.