Statistically, 1 in 7 American women ages 18-50 have pelvic pain, and it is defined as pain in the abdomen or pelvis when there is no proven infection or obvious cause for the symptoms. Pelvic pain may become chronic pelvic pain or CPP when the pain lasts longer than six months. Common complaints are pelvic pain, difficulty eliminating urine or having bowel movement, painful intercourse, painful sitting or difficulty wearing tight clothing. CPP can become quite debilitating and 25% of women with CPP may spend 2-3 days per month in bed. It is often associated with negative cognitive, behavioral, sexual or emotional consequences.

The good news is physical therapy interventions can help ease pelvic pain.

Treatment may include:

  • Manual therapy
  • Stretching
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Bladder or bowel retraining
  • Strengthening of targeted muscle groups

Treatment looks different for all patients and will be specifically designed for each person’s needs and goals.

At Bodyworks Physical Therapy, we have two PT’s who are trained to treat women with pelvic pain.