Chronic pelvic pain is a common condition resulting in muscle spasms, tightness, and a weakness of the pelvic floor muscles. A recent study of 5,000 women, ages 18 to 50, indicated that one in seven women experiences chronic pelvic pain. Women with this condition may experience discomfort while sitting, with urination and bowel movements, and during intercourse.
Common causes of chronic pelvic pain:
- Sacroiliac dysfunction
- Interstitial cystitis
- Low back pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- EpisiotomyPelvic surgery
- EndometriosisTraumatic fall
At Edward Rehab, we have physical therapists who are specially trained in managing pelvic floor muscle conditions. Since chronic pelvic pain involves the muscles, soft tissues, and joints of the pelvis, spine, and hips, a thorough evaluation will be performed by your physical therapist at Edward Rehab to determine the appropriate treatment.
Treatment may include:
- Manual therapy to improve muscle and joint mobility.
- Biofeedback to retrain appropriate pelvic floor motor control including resting tone.
- A specific exercise program to restore the stability and motor control that is needed for daily function.
Your physical therapist will guide you in the self- management of your condition, because consistent follow-through at home is essential to achieving optimal rehab results. We will design a home program specifically for you.
For more information, please call the Women's Center for Pelvic Pain at (630) 527-5120. Or, download our brochures on physical therapy for urinary incontinence in women and pelvic pain. Learn more about pelvic pain in women at edward.org/urogyne.