What it is, how it manifests, and can physical therapy can help.
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the endometrium (the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus) grows beyond the uterus. The most common symptom is pelvic pain, which worsens during menstrual periods, and can continue to increase in severity over time. The World Health Organization estimates that endometriosis affects 10% of reproductive age females worldwide.
The causes of endometriosis are still unknown. Over time, endometriosis can cause pelvic floor muscles to become over worked and tight due to chronic pain, which can impair healthy blood flow, irritate nerves in the surrounding areas, and impact the nervous system.
While pelvic floor physical therapy cannot treat endometriosis itself, it can plays a key role in managing the associated symptoms. Your pelvic health physical therapist can help address pain that might be coming from your muscles or nerves and can work alongside you to develop a home self-care program.
Mendwell is a Pelvic Health Physical Therapy clinic serving patients in Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Tigard. Our team of specialists are passionate about helping patients improve pelvic function, relieve pain, and get back to feeling their best. Reach out to learn how we can help.