Chronic pelvic pain (CPP) in women is highly prevalent yet too often approached solely as a gynecological issue and with standard treatments such as surgery and hormones. Unfortunately, CPP often persists despite multimodal treatment. This session will describe the impact and significance of pelvic floor myofascial pain in the context of CPP. Anatomical, biomechanical, and visceral influences in the etiology of pelvic floor myofascial pain will be discussed along with central sensitization. Attendees will be educated on the appropriate clinical physical examination in this population along with evidence-based diagnostics and up-to-date treatment options focused on pelvic floor myofascial pain.
Highlight the relevant pelvic anatomy in musculoskeletal pain including the pelvic floor
Outline the differential diagnosis, physical examination and diagnostic work-up of musculoskeletal pelvic pain including pelvic floor myofascial pain
Describe the impact and prevalence of pelvic floor myofascial pain and dysfunction in chronic pelvic pain
Cite the evidence for pelvic floor physical therapy and other treatments in the setting of musculoskeletal pelvic pain with a focus on pelvic floor myofascial pain