In October I had the privilege of presenting at the International Pelvic Pain Society’s annual meeting. During one of the presentations, a discussion ensued regarding the term contracture. The discussion was centered on whether or not the pelvic floor could ever be in a state of contracture. Given the confusion that was evident during this discussion, I thought a review of the muscle physiology associated with skeletal muscle contracture would be useful to our membership.
Vulvodynia is a condition in which women experience chronic vulvar pain that can be localized to one particular area, or occurs as a generalized burning that encompassed the entire vulva region. As one can imagine, it is intensely debilitating and stigmatizing. In fact, we’ve shown that 30% of women suffering from vulvar pain fail to talk with their partner about their pain, and nearly 60% choose not to confide in, and seek the support of close family members.
Impairments of abdominal wall function have been implicated in multiple conditions associated with pregnancy and delivery including low back and pelvic girdle pain (LB & PGP), urinary incontinence (UI), pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA).
More than 65,000 women are diagnosed with gynecologic cancers (vulvar, vaginal, cervical, ovarian, endometrial) in the United States each year (Sohl et al 2012). Treatment options for these women include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy – all of which have the potential to have local, regional and global effects on a woman’s body.
IPPS has created a worldwide community of individuals dedicated to our mission, all dedicated to achieving the same goal of better care for men and women suffering from chronic pelvic pain. One of the ways to participate is to help us reach our goal of raising $16,500 for 2016. We can achieve this goal with your help. The money raised goes directly to pelvic pain awareness, medical education, research, and other programs as outlined in the graph below: