Physical therapy management of female chronic pelvic pain: Anatomic considerations
Article first published online: 21 NOV 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Special Issue: Special Issue on the Female Patient
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 77–88, January 2013
How to Cite
George, S. E., Clinton, S. C. and Borello-France, D. F. (2013), Physical therapy management of female chronic pelvic pain: Anatomic considerations. Clin. Anat., 26: 77–88. doi: 10.1002/ca.22187
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 21 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 SEP 2012
- Manuscript Received: 15 AUG 2012
- pelvic pain;
- physical therapy
The multisystem nature of female chronic pelvic pain (CPP) makes this condition a challenge for physical therapists and other health care providers to manage. This article uses a case scenario to illustrate commonly reported somatic, visceral, and neurologic symptoms and their associated health and participation impact in a female with CPP. Differential diagnosis of pain generators requires an in-depth understanding of possible anatomic and physiologic contributors to this disorder. This article provides a detailed discussion of the relevant clinical anatomy with specific attention to complex interrelationships between anatomic structures potentially leading to the patient's pain. In addition, it describes the physical therapy management specific to this case, including examination, differential diagnosis, and progression of interventions. Clin. Anat. 26:77–88, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.