Neuralgia: pain in the distribution of a nerve
Pudendal Nerve: innervates the muscles of the pelvic floor, is partly responsible for continence, has sensory components for the genitals, anal area and urethra
· nerve pain in the pelvic floor (burning, itching, raw)
· pain increases with sitting (often relieved by sitting on a toilet seat, pain is located at the ischial tuberosity or “sits bones”)
· changes and/or dysfunction in bowel/bladder
· pain with sex
Why might you have neuralgia?
· Inflammation at/near the nerve
· Sitting too long, compression injury
· Post-childbirth, Traction injury
· Muscular tightness, compression injury
· Straining to void (constipation)
Evaluation will look at how, why, and where the pudendal nerve is “irritated”
Treatment typically will consist of manual therapy for muscular tightness, exercises to decrease irritation of the nerve, and postural/breathing training to prevent future injury and irritation.
Do you think you have Pudendal Neuralgia or have been diagnosed with it? Both Dr. Lauren and Dr. Sarah are trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation.
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