Women’s Rehabilitation Medicine for Pelvic and Sacroiliac Joint Pain

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Pelvic pain and sacroiliac joint pain in women are frequently misdiagnosed as originating from spinal structures or abdominal or pelvic organs.

The physiatrists at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) diagnose and treat these difficult musculoskeletal conditions using a holistic, multidisciplinary approach.

About Pelvic and Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Pelvic pain is common during pregnancy and postpartum. When gynecologic dysfunction has been ruled out, myofascial pain, or chronic and severe pelvic pain, can often be attributed to sacroiliac dysfunction.

The sacroiliac joint lies next to the bottom of the spine and acts as a shock-absorbing structure. It may cause pain and dysfunction in cases where the symphysis pubis joint separates after delivery.

  • Misdiagnosis frequently results in unnecessary surgery.
  • Left untreated, symptoms of myofascial pain can lead to persistent impairment and disability.
  • Early referral can prevent dysfunction and chronic pain.

Treating Pelvic and Sacroiliac Joint Pain

These muscular imbalances can frequently be corrected through:

  • Properly directed muscle energy techniques and strengthening
  • Medications
  • Injections
  • Pelvic floor therapy, when indicated

Our physiatrists:

  • Address biomechanical issues
  • Treat pain
  • Perform interventional procedures, when indicated
  • Coordinate care with physical therapists and other professionals to address contributing factors, like mood disturbances and life situations

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