Physical therapy plays a vital role in the treatment of women’s pelvic pain.
Once a patient’s underlying medical issues have been addressed, that’s when a physical therapist’s job begins. We provide pelvic floor physical therapy to reduce pain, improve muscle strength and function, and restore quality of life. As physical therapists, we help women build bridges back to the lives they knew before they began experiencing pelvic pain.
Treatment and education
Many people don’t realize that pelvic pain problems can be treated by physical therapy. In some cases, pelvic floor physical therapy treats the main condition causing a woman’s pain. In other cases...
Uterine fibroids affect most women at some point in their lives.
Fibroids typically don’t cause any symptoms or health problems, but when they do, pelvic pain may be one of them.
Understanding this common condition can help women know what to watch for, when to seek help and what to expect when they do.
What are fibroids?
Fibroids are benign (not cancerous) growths in the uterus. Uterine fibroids are also referred to as leiomyomas. Their cause is unknown.
A woman may have a single fibroid or multiple fibroids. Fibroids can also vary widely in size.
In most cases, they occur in women during their reproductive years – rarely are...
Pelvic pain is common, complex and often misdiagnosed, leaving many women suffering and in continued search of relief.
What makes diagnosis so difficult? And what steps can you take to prevent misdiagnosis from happening (or happening again) to you?
A wide range of causes
Much of the challenge stems from the wide range of potential causes of pelvic pain, including underlying conditions unrelated to a woman’s reproductive system.
Common causes include:
- Severe menstrual pain (dysmenorrhea)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
- Ovarian conditions
- Uterine fibroids
These little-known conditions are taking their toll on the lives of women of all ages, most of whom have never heard of vulvodynia or vaginismus until they finally get help.
As an OB/GYN specializing in the treatment of these challenging disorders, Dr. Allison Conn knows all too well the suffering they can cause.
“I see a lot of women who have lived in pain for a long time,” says Dr. Conn.
What is vulvodynia?
Women with vulvodynia have chronic pain, burning, itching or discomfort of the vulva, with no recognized cause. The vulva is the external part of the female genitals, including the labia, the clitoris and the opening of the vagina....
Understanding your options for pelvic pain surgery
If you’re suffering from pelvic pain and medical treatments haven’t been effective, surgery may be recommended — but that doesn’t necessarily mean a hysterectomy.
Today, there are more minimally invasive procedure options than ever before for the surgical treatment of gynecologic conditions — including endometriosis, fibroids and ovarian cysts — that cause pelvic pain....