Patient Centered Pelvic Pain Approach

Contributed by Stacey Clarke, DPT, Pelvic Health Physical Therapist 

Pelvic177783057Research shows that those who suffer from pelvic pain are best treated by a patient-centered care approach. This means that patients who are managed at all levels by the coordinated involvement of multiple teams in various specialties benefit more than those managed by one targeted and specific discipline when it comes to pelvic pain.

Why so? The nature of pelvic pain is complex. It involves multiple organs and body systems. The pain can show up in numerous ways, including emotional distress. Treating pelvic pain with the patient at the center of her health care decision making empowers patients and their health care providers to adequately explore concerns and interventions. It’s essential that women experiencing pelvic pain undergo a full gynecologic evaluation with a general gynecologist, and if needed referred to a urogynecologist or pelvic floor physical therapist if pelvic floor issues are present.

The International Pelvic Pain Society looks at the importance of early identification of patients whose pain may be associated with multisystem dysfunction and the emotional, behavioral and sexual problems that may impact their quality of life, and it emphasizes effective pain management and access to support and information.

The Women’s Center is equipped to handle patient’s pelvic pain from a multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach. We collaborate between various specialties and encourage non-specialists to identify patients at greatest risk of major pain and disability. Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy can help with a variety of diagnoses including the treatment of bowel and bladder dysfunction, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction, pregnancy and post-partum issues.

Call today if you are experiencing pelvic pain and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experts, (513) 475-UC4U.

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