As a Physical Therapist, I have had the opportunity to work with many women who suffer from pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction. While not every PT has an interest in treating people who experience these complicated and sensitive problems (including painful sex, pain with bowel and bladder functions, and incontinence) I consider it some of the most important work I do. I often say, when asked why I choose this work, that if I were struggling with such an intimate and uncomfortable problem, I would want there to be lots of skilled, compassionate people available to help. I feel it is a responsibility of mine, both as a PT and as a woman, to offer my skills to help decrease this kind of suffering.
Any time pelvic pain or pelvic floor dysfunction gets media attention, I am thrilled. More awareness leads to more women talking with their doctors about these problems, and hopefully that translates in to more women finding their way to treatment. That’s why I was very happy to see an article in the New York Times recently, called “Persistence is key to treating vaginal pain.” It’s a great discussion of a common cause of pelvic pain, and highlights some possible treatment options. It also offers much needed encouragement to those that feel frustrated, overwhelmed and alienated as a result of their struggle with pelvic pain. You can read the article here.