Dr. Dugan introduces herself and describes pelvic pain.
Hi, my name is Dr. Sheila Dugan, and I am a doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation which is pretty much a non-operative musculoskeletal physician. I work here at Rush University Medical Center where I am an Associate Professor. I do research in women’s health and I see patients, men and women, but my big passion is women.
Well, pelvic pain is a description of a patient who presents with a problem, I guess anywhere below your belly button and above your thighs. So pelvic pain can come from a lot of different structures. It can come from muscles. It can come from joints like the pubic symphysis joint. It can come from organs like your ovaries, your bladder. it can come from nerves; there’s several nerves that supply the pelvis. So that’s a hard question to answer in a way because it covers a multitude of different things.
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.