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Chronic pelvic pain is a major public health problem for women throughout the developed world. The complex innervation of the pelvis and the anatomical proximity of pelvic viscera mean this symptom frequently overlaps traditional medical specialties, leading to diagnostic delay and frequently inadequate treatment. Careful history taking and examination can in itself be therapeutic and will likely identify a number of causal and perpetuating factors which should be managed within the context of a multidisciplinary clinic.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/pgmj.2008.073494

Type

Journal article

Journal

Postgrad Med J

Publication Date

01/2009

Volume

85

Pages

24 - 29

Keywords

Analgesics, Chronic Disease, Female, Hormones, Humans, Medical History Taking, Mental Disorders, Pelvic Pain, Physical Examination, Physical Therapy Modalities, Sexual Harassment, Tissue Adhesions