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Pelvic Pain: Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia is a chronic vulvar discomfort or pain, especially characterized by burning, stinging, irritation or rawness of the female genitalia. The precise cause of vulvodynia is unknown, but it is divided into four types: vulvar vestibulitis, dysesthetic vulvodynia, cyclic vulvovaginitis and vulvar or mucous dermatoses. Many doctors are still not familiar with vulvodynia and, as a result, patients may go misdiagnosed or undiagnosed for a long time.

If you answer 'yes' to several of the following questions, you may have a vulvodynia disorder:

  • Are GYN exams painful?
  • Does the physician need to use a pediatric speculum?
  • Does external pressure by touch, tampon insertion, tight pants, bicycling or horseback riding cause pain or discomfort?
  • Does it hurt to sit or walk?
  • When pain occurs, do the sensations include: burning, dryness, rawness or tight skin feeling?
  • Do you have a history of yeast infections?
  • Do you have a history of antibiotic treatment, but the physician 'could never really find anything'?

At Orthopedic & TMJ Physical Therapy Center, we will work with you and your medical doctor to implement a personal treatment program to meet your specific needs and lifestyle. Self-help skills are taught such as biofeedback, stress reduction techniques, dilator use, and exercise. Gentle manual therapies may be used to release trigger points and soft tissue restrictions. We place a high priority on education and safe treatment in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.