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2022 Sep 16

Curr Pain Headache Rep

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and Its Merit in the Treatment of Female Urogenital Pain.


Female urogenital pain (FUGP) affects many women and is often a diagnosis of exclusion. The long path to a diagnosis and subsequent treatment frequently leads to suffering on the individual's behalf (Obstet. Gynecol. 121: 645-50, 2013). Additionally, this delay in diagnosis and thus treatment places stress on the US medical system (Obstet. Gynecol. 121: 645-50, 2013). There is a lack of knowledge regarding the scope of pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) across the medical community that may prevent physicians from referring patients (J Urol. 193:1545-53, 2015; Sex Med Rev., 2021). PFPT is a low-risk, potentially high-reward option that should be recognized as part of the multidisciplinary approach to managing FUGP.