Physical Therapy Educational Information
For years, women have suffered in silence from pelvic pain, often not even discussing the problem with their physician. Others visit numerous health care practitioners desperately seeking answers about the source of their pain. The pain they experience can affect their ability to work and perform daily living activities. It can also affect relationships with spouses or significant others. Many women avoid sexual relations because of pain. Worse yet, many feel that no one can help them.
Chronic pelvic pain can present itself in numerous ways. Symptoms may include:
Breast cancer statistics are alarming.
- The rate of new cases of breast cancer increases by just more than 1 percent per year since the 1940s.
- In 2005, an estimated 211,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in women.
- One in eight women either has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.
Many women suffer in silence or are afraid or embarrassed to talk about such a personal issue – chronic pelvic pain, including painful intercourse and interstitial cystitis. Other women visit many healthcare providers seeking answers about the source of their pain, and an estimated 15 percent of women aged 18-50 experience chronic pelvic pain, which can vary in intensity and increase in severity during menstruation.
- Are you or someone you know an “exercise junkie?”
- Do you worry about your weight, restrict your food and fluid intake, diet constantly or exercise excessively to avoid gaining weight?
- Has your menstrual cycle been disrupted, is it erratic or has it stopped altogether?
- Do you feel stressed or depressed?
- Have you resorted to taking diet pills and laxatives?
- Do you ever force yourself to vomit after eating?
Did you make New Year’s resolutions to start working out and get fit? Do you want to get in shape for spring cleaning or summer fun? Have you noticed any knee pain or stiffness, popping around your kneecap, a giving way sensation when walking, squatting or climbing stairs? What about pain with kneeling, lifting or carrying?
Women and girls often experience knee problems, especially knee pain and pain around the kneecap. Another common name for this is chondromalacia patellae.
The importance of being dense: Smart facts about osteoporosis
Osteoporosis affects an estimated 28 million people, 80 percent of whom are women. Most people believe osteoporosis is a condition that just happens as you age, but it is a preventable bone disease.
The transition from pregnancy to motherhood can be one of the most joyous transformations in a woman’s life, but various health issues resulting from pregnancy, labor and delivery can create challenges for new mothers while caring for her baby. Pelvic pain, neck and low back pain and urinary incontinence after pregnancy puts physical limitation on new moms, some intense enough that women are unable to accomplish normal daily routines. Plus, moms tend to place the maintenance of their own health far down on the list of priorities.
You don’t have to suffer from urinary incontinence.
Over 20 million people suffer with urinary incontinence. The majority of these are women and most of these women don’t even mention it to a health care provider for seven years. A recent study in the Annuals of Internal Medicine (May 2006) stated that a three question test could help clinicians diagnose two most common types of urinary incontinence.
Treating low back pain can prevent women from leaking urine, or urinary incontinence, while exercising. Recent evidence confirms a relationship between urinary incontinence and low back pain, and, at Palmer Physical Therapy for Women, our female physical therapists have found success in treating these problems with physical therapy.