Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction

Pelvic pain is any pain in the pelvic region. Chronic pelvic pain lasts for 6 months or longer and can be constant or come and go. Sometimes the pain follows a pattern - like during or after a menstrual cycle - or it may occur only during certain times, like before or after eating, while urinating, or during intercourse.

Some causes of pelvic pain are:
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

What is pelvic floor dysfunction? It's any impairment of the pelvic floor muscles that support the internal organs and aid in urination and defecation. The muscles spasm, causing pain and in turn making them weak. A true cause is unknown but the dysfunction may be from nerve damage during childbirth, a fall involving the lower spine, recurrent urinary infections, or muscle stress caused by your posture or the way you walk.

Pelvic floor dysfunction can cause:
  • Pelvic pain
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Low back pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Pelvic floor dysfunction is often overlooked as a diagnosis. Some women see many physicians before they are diagnosed. You might feel like you are the only person with this problem, or maybe you feel like everyone has this problem so you should just learn to live with it. The truth is, pain is never normal and your healthcare provider can't help you if you don't tell them there is a problem.PT Center for Women

It can be a frustrating and emotional process, but there's hope - PT Center for Women can help!

PT Center for Women, a division of Women's Care of Wisconsin, employs women's health physical therapists who are educated and experienced in the kind of treatment you need. They work together with your physician to provide thorough and personalized quality care.

They can help end the isolation you may feel from suffering with chronic pain and/or dysfunction. With the right approach, support and involvement, therapy can get you on the path of living better and enjoying a happier, healthier life.