| The term “pelvic pain” is a broad term used to identify pain anywhere in the pelvic girdle, meaning, in the lower abdomen, the saddle region including the genitals, or the hips and lowest portion of the spine. It is possible for pelvic pain to occur independent of any other medical issues; it may be preceded by an event, or it may occur in conjunction with other medical diagnoses. Because the number and variation of the causes of pelvic pain are so great, to name all of them would be exhausting, but there are some very common causes that would be appropriate for a referral to physical therapy. They include: the events surrounding a pregnancy, endometriosis, and scar tissue from previous abdominal or pelvic surgeries, to name a few.
Women are referred to PT Center for Women for pelvic pain that has many causes. Treatment begins with a thorough discussion about your pain; when it started, the things that aggravate it, and the things that alleviate it. A musculoskeletal evaluation is performed, in order to assess what areas need to be addressed during your visits, and what you might be responsible for at home. Your physical therapist will discuss the results of that examination with you.
Physical therapy management of pelvic pain can address many areas of your life; including your postures at work and at home, your exercise routine and your sleeping patterns. Because of this, your treatment plan is tailored to you.
Please click on the following links to read about the different types of pelvic pain.
Vaginismus - muscle spasms in vaginal area
Vulvodynia - pain in vaginal area
Dyspareunia - pain with intercourse
Dysmenorrhea - painful periods
Endometriosis - pelvic and abdominal pain
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) - gynecological pain