A majority of gynecological problems require a multidisciplinary approach to treat the problem. Specialized physical therapists offer formalized physical therapy that helps recover from gynecologic disorders.
Many gynecological problems were traditionally deemed untreatable including chronic pelvic pain. But modern studies in physical therapy are uncovering new ways of tackling these medical challenges.
This piece will review common gynecological problems for which physical therapy can be considered.
What Physical Therapy Does
If you’ve suffered acute musculoskeletal injuries, physical therapy will be the common course of action for proper rehabilitation. A similar kind of physical therapy is required for the rehabilitation of pelvic muscles.
The treatment modalities employed for treating pelvic pain or dysfunctions are similar to those used for chronic back pain or joint rehabilitation. They include taking a comprehensive medical history of the patient, stretching muscles and examining posture, applying physical pressure and trying exercises.
The aim is to improve the control and strength of the pelvic floor, train for better pelvic stability, and instructing the patient about proper behavior.
There are two broad categories of gynecological problems that can be treated with physical therapy:
- Disorders of pelvic pain: chronic pelvic pain, dyspareunia, vestibulitis, and vulvodynia
- Disorders of pelvic functions: overactive bladder, urinary urgency incontinence and overactive bladder, pelvic organ prolapse, stress urinary incontinence, and fecal incontinence
Disorders of pelvic pain
Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP)
The treatment of CPP is best done by employing a multimodal approach. Controlling symptoms is better than cure. A study conducted on CPP patients revealed that 181 women who received physical therapy reported relief from pain after a year of treatment. The improvements matched that of 189 patients who received surgical treatments. This shows that physical therapy can potentially treat this condition as well as surgery without the risk of an invasive procedure.
A myriad of reasons can count towards causing pain in case of dyspareunia. Locating a modifiable source is rarely successful; however, physical therapy is known to reap many benefits.
Vulvodynia is known to be a major contributor to dyspareunia and chronic pelvic pain. It’s experienced as a sharp searing pain in the vulvar vestibule. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends physical therapy as an effective treatment for this disorder.
A trained therapist will assess the posture, pelvic girdle, and associated pelvic structures. Spine mobility also factors in as a possible cause for chronic pelvic pain.
If you’re going severe pain in your pelvic region, you don’t have to keep suffering. We can help.
We have a team of pain management doctors and New Jersey Chronic Pain Therapist working under the guidance of Asher Goldstein, MD in NY and NJ. We specialize in offering physical therapy sessions for chronic pelvic pain and other gynecological problems.
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