11. Musculoskeletal Causes of Pelvic Pain

  1. Paolo Vercellini
  1. Frank Tu MD, MPH1,2,
  2. Colleen Fitzgerald MD1,
  3. Sangeeta Senapati MD, MS3 and
  4. Kristen Pozolo BS2

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444391855.ch11

Chronic Pelvic Pain

Chronic Pelvic Pain

How to Cite

Tu, F., Fitzgerald, C., Senapati, S. and Pozolo, K. (2011) Musculoskeletal Causes of Pelvic Pain, in Chronic Pelvic Pain (ed P. Vercellini), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444391855.ch11

Editor Information

  1. Istituto “Luigi Mangiagalli”, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda, University of Milan, Italy

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

  2. 2

    Northshore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Illinois, USA

  3. 3

    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 23 MAR 2011

Book Series:

  1. Gynecology in Practice

Book Series Editors:

  1. Aydin Arici

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330663

Online ISBN: 9781444391855



  • Musculoskeletal Causes of Pelvic Pain;
  • pelvic girdle pain (PGP);
  • “pelvic girdle pain”;
  • “skin - rolling”


Disorders of the musculoskeletal elements interconnecting the female pelvic girdle and lumbosacral spine are commonly found in patients with symptomatic chronic pelvic pain. This chapter links the known anatomy and pathophysiology to an understanding of how to rationally diagnose and treat disorders such as levator ani syndrome, trigger points, and pudendal neuralgia that all may interplay with common visceral disorders such as endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis.