Pelvic pain is any pain that is located within the pelvic region of the body. It can be caused by a number of disorders. Endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, pudendal neuralgia, levator ani syndrome, prostadynia, chronic prostatitis, vulvodynia, vaginismus, dyspareunia are all diagnoses that can cause pelvic pain.
Atrophic vaginitis and the effects of the treatment of cancer can leave women unable to engage in sexual intercourse. This condition can be reversed and treated so that a normal sexual experience can be restored.
Vaginismus and dysparuenia are terms that describe the inability to have intercourse due to pelvic floor muscle tightness. This can be primary, meaning that intercourse has never been tolerated, or secondary, which means that sexual intercourse is not tolerated where it once had been. This can be caused from infection, child birth trauma, vulvodynia, etc.
These conditions can be treated with interferential current, ultrasound, pelvic floor muscle stretching, myofascial release of the pelvic floor, internally as well as externally. The use of dilators is also an option when appropriate.
www.pudendalhope.com is a great website and discussion board for patients with pudendal neuralgia. Click on the Physical Therapy link to receive more information on what to expect with a physical therapy treatment.