Your Center for Pelvic Pain Management
It’s our goal to address all of your pelvic pain issues, whether they’re caused by a gynecologic problem or not. Our team is dedicated to working with you to find out what works best for you.
About Pelvic Pain
Pelvic pain in women is one of the most frequently encountered problems in the typical practice of obstetrics and gynecology. It presents a challenge for you, your family, co-workers, and doctors.
In the past, pelvic pain in women has been treated solely as a gynecologic problem.
As a result, traditional treatments and surgeries directed at the female reproductive organs have been utilized first, prior to consideration of other approaches to managing the pain.
It was only after all gynecologic approaches had been exhausted that a more multidisciplinary approach has been taken.
From the very beginning, our at Women’s Health Specialists goal is to determine both the cause of pain as well as the best way to treat and manage it. Sometimes the response is rapid and permanent, while in other cases the response comes more slowly and may have a variable course.
In a perfect world, every patient with pain will be totally cured permanently.
However, both the patients and our team must understand that there are cases in which the cause of pain and/or an ideal treatment is not found.
Regardless, we pledge to continue to work with you, the patient, to do whatever we can in the diagnosis and treatment of your pain and to improve your quality of life. It is a lofty goal, but one to which we are dedicated.
Reasons for Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
Pelvic floor physical therapy is a specialty that focuses on the rehabilitation of the muscles of the pelvic floor.
This is usually to restore functionality after injury or dysfunction.
At Women’s Health Specialists, we offer one-on-one private treatment with a licensed physical therapist right in our office.
You may be a good candidate for pelvic health P.T. if you:
- Have pain with intercourse
- Have urinary or bowel leakage
- Get a very strong urge to urinate associated with leakage
- Urinate more often than 2 hours
- Wake often at the night to urinate
- Have pelvic pain, abdominal pain, vaginal pain, low back pain, tailbone pain, hip pain
- Recently had a baby or
- Are currently pregnant with pubic pain, hip pain, back pain, or leg pain
Surgery for pelvic pain has been an effective tool in many cases. It is not always the answer, but can be used both as a diagnostic tool (try to find out what is causing the pain) as well as a therapeutic method (treat/cure the problem).
For some patients, surgery may be recommended by someone else, and we can provide a second opinion about the necessity of the proposed surgery.
For other patients, we perform surgery that is designed to fit into a broader therapy, which might include medicine, counseling, and other treatments. In some cases, surgery is not necessary at all.
There are many causes of pelvic pain, the types of medications that are used are, by necessity, wide-ranging. Our use of medications is always based on the individualized needs of each patient.
Hormones sometimes are an important part of the treatment, as are medications to treat each disorder that might cause pain that is felt in the pelvic region.
Some patients may require pain medications. In keeping with the philosophy of the Women’s Health Specialists, we determine your unique needs and carefully monitor the appropriate use of pain medications.
At Women’s Health Specialists, we make every attempt to include any treatment method that may help you. This might include counseling, physical therapy, and other treatments that expand our ability to help each patient.
We may involve healthcare providers from outside Women’s Health Specialists to help maximize the effectiveness of our team approach.
Research & Clinical Trials
Our physicians at Women’s Health Specialists are continually doing research in the area of pelvic pain and have already published widely on the subject. In addition, we’re invited to speak on the topic to audiences around the country.
We’ve provided consultations to other physicians and their patients for more than 25 years, with referrals literally coming from areas throughout the United States.