Myofascial pelvic pain

Theresa Monaco Spitznagle, Caitlin McCurdy Robinson

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Abstract

Individuals with pelvic pain commonly present with complaints of pain located anywhere below the umbilicus radiating to the top of their thighs or genital region. The somatovisceral convergence that occurs within the pelvic region exemplifies why examination of not only the organs but also the muscles, connective tissues (fascia), and neurologic input to the region should be performed for women with pelvic pain. The susceptibility of the pelvic floor musculature to the development of myofascial pain has been attributed to unique functional demands of this muscle. Conservative interventions should be considered to address the impairments found on physical examination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-432
Number of pages24
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

Keywords

  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Pelvic pain
  • Somatovisceral convergence

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