What pelvic pain conditions do we treat and how do we treat pelvic pain?
- chronic pelvic pain
- rectal pain
- dyspareunia (painful sex)
- pain related to endometriosis
- interstitial cystitis
- pain related to IBS
- vaginismus (involuntary tensing of the vagina)
- vestibulodynia (chronic pain/discomfort around the opening of the vagina)
- pain related to primary dysmenorrhea
- coccydynia (tailbone pain)
- pelvic pain surrounding pregnancy
- and many more!
How do we treat pelvic pain?
We adjust treatment depending on the level of pain you are experiencing and what is driving the pain. Sometimes pelvic pain is coming from a primary source, other times it is multifactorial. We treat what we find and adjust the treatment to you as an individual. Sometimes pain is coming from overly tight muscles, other times it is scar tissue, sometimes it is from ligamentous laxity (ex: during pregnancy), other times it is coming from nerves. Often, there is more than one thing driving your pain. We use a variety of interventions depending on the cause of your pain including manual PT to release tight muscles, scar tissue mobilization, stretching, relaxation strategies, breathing, and strengthening. We also train you how to do these things at home to maximize progress and give you more control over your pain. If you want to involve your partner in sessions for education on ways they can help you manage your pain, that is always an option too. Seeing your gyn, pain specialist, psychologist, or other provider regarding your pain? We absolutely LOVE a multidisciplinary approach and would be happy to coordinate care with your consent! I want to reiterate that your comfort level and beliefs dictate treatment. If you are opposed to any of the above, there are always several ways to “get things done.” Just because you do not feel comfortable with one option, this does not mean that we cannot help you get better.
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Put simply, it is the descent of any pelvic floor organ through the vaginal canal or anus. These organs include the rectum, small bowel, bladder, uterus, and vagina.
Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements resulting in feces leaking from the rectum. This includes seepage.