Dr. Dugan explains the causes of pelvic pain.
I think a lot of times we try to separate pelvic pain into different organ systems. So is it from the bladder or the urinary system? Is it coming from the ovaries, the uterus or the gynecologic system? Is it coming from even the rectum or the colon, which again are sort of the structures that would cause you to feel pain in your pelvis?
Is it coming from bony structures like the bones or the joints so that the pubic bone or the pubic symphysis joint? Is it coming from muscles, the abdominal muscles that attach to the pubic bone from above, the pelvic form that muscles that attach the pubic bone from below? Is it coming from nerves, that can be a pinched nerve from your lumbar spine? So there’s a lot of different things that can cause pelvic pain.
About Dr. Dugan, M.D.:
Dr. Sheila A. Dugan, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rush Medical College, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois. She is a faculty member of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Preventive Medicine. She is co-medical director of the Rush Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health.
Dr. Dugan is multi board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnostic medicine and pain medicine. She is highly skilled in neurological and sports-related rehabilitation. Prior to medical school, she received her physical therapy degree from Northwestern University in 1986. She's currently pursuing development of a program focused on women's musculoskeletal care, including both their medical and rehabilitation needs.