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Pelvic Pain 

Pelvic Pain
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Pelvic Pain
Author(s):

Sawsan As-Sanie

, Mark Hoffman

, and Devon Shuchman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199859436.003.0018
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date: 21 April 2021

Chronic pelvic pain is a common but poorly understood condition. CPP represents a constellation of symptoms, and is not a single disease entity. Its evaluation and management is often a complex process because there are many organ systems within the pelvis that can contribute to these symptoms. Symptoms can arise from pathology affecting the female reproductive organs, urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, musculoskeletal system, and can also be due to peripheral or central neuropathy. More often than not, the pain is associated with several diagnoses arising from multiple organ systems, and treatment is multimodal but not always curative. With the assistance of gynecologists, physical therapists, and other targeted subspecialists, a multidisciplinary approach coordinated by the primary care physician can often lead to better pain control, improved function and quality of life.

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