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Pelvic pain is a general term used to describe debilitating discomfort in the pelvic region. I can occur at any time in a woman's life, frequently causing significant emotional distress and adversely affecting her quality of life. Unfortunately, many women develop chronic pelvic pain, symptoms that persist longer than three months. If chronic pelvic pain goes untreated, additional bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction may develop.
Pelvic Pain Causes
Dysfunction and pain in the pelvis may have many origins or can result from a combination of factors. Each organ (uterus, vagina, bladder, bowel), tissue and joint may produce a specific pattern of pain and vague pelvic discomfort. Your pelvic pain and symptoms need to be thoroughly discussed with your physician to rule out system causes or possible problems with the organs. The bones, muscles and soft tissues of the pelvis can also contribute to pelvic pain syndromes, so these things must also be addressed to ensure proper treatment and outcomes. This is where a physical therapist can help.
Physical Therapy for Pelvic Pain
Physical therapists are experts in treating the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, joints and surrounding tissues of the body). Our physical therapists are specially trained in women's health can safely and effectively help women who suffer from pelvic pain.
Specially trained Physical Therapists evaluate and treat:
These problems can occur for a number of reasons including a fall, car accident, or other trauma, as well as childbirth, surgery, radiation, disease processes, inactivity, repeated faulty movement patterns, repeated faulty postures or positions during normal activities.
Injuries or problems with the hips, abdomen, lumbar spine, or pelvis may also cause dysfunction and lead to pelvic pain.
Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist if you have:
Our physical therapists utilize their specialized medical training to thoroughly evaluate each patient and design treatment programs that address your individual needs. It is the goal of the therapist to empower you to be a partner in your care.
To find a Methodist Healthcare-affiliated physician in Memphis, Tennessee, please use our physician locator or call 888.777.5959.