IT HURTS. IT BURNS. IT ITCHES. IT ACHES.
Let's just start by saying, you're not alone and its not all in your head. These are common words spoken by many women that are experiencing pelvic pain or sexual dysfunction.
Unfortunately many women have pelvic or sexual pains, but don't discuss it as openly as someone who's knee hurts them. This leads to thinking they're alone. In addition, many patients will see multiple providers, some who are not familiar with their condition. They'll go through a variety of medical tests to rule in/out various diseases. Sometimes the tests are negative, the provider has done their job ruling out disease, but the patient doesn't know what to do or where to go from there. And sometimes a test is positive, the patient completes appropriate medical treatment, but the pain symptoms remain or change into something else. This is what leads patients to feel they must be imagining their symptoms.
It is always recommended you seek the care of a physician for your pelvic symptoms to get a good work up. But, if your symptoms don't resolve with the treatments provided by your physician alone, consider adding pelvic physical therapy to your toolbox. Pelvic pain is often treated through a multidisciplinary approach such as a physician, pain management, physical therapy and other integrative providers working as a team to do their part to help you heal.
Some common diagnoses and symptoms that women with pelvic pains may feel are:
Vulvar, vaginal, clitoral or anal pains
Pain during or following intercourse
Abdominal or groin pains
Difficulty wearing tight clothing
Pain with sitting
Levator ani syndrome
HOW CAN PT HELP WITH THIS?
With pelvic pain, the neuromuscular system is at fault (whether as an initial cause or a secondary effect overtime).
Let me explain. When you hurt somewhere, muscles begin to guard the area, posture and breathing technique changes, and daily habits change. Your body is smart and does its best to protect you. This could be from an injury, such as a fall on your tailbone, or a UTI.
The tissues healed, but your bladder habits changed. Your pelvic floor muscle function changed. Now you have residual pain although the infection is gone. Pelvic floor therapy helps reduce the overactive pelvic muscle function, reframe your mindset of pain, explore healthy habits and guide you to reach your goals.
Everyone has their own story about how their pain began and progressed. I'm here to listen to your story and help you begin your road to recovery. You'll get an individualized plan of care appropriate for you and created with your goals in mind. Let me help you feel good again!
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