Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-Gynecological Causes of Pelvic Pain

Dr. Kahn was appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Upstate Medical University in 2014, in recognition of his many years of educational and clinical services provided both to that Department and the medical community as a whole in Central New York.

Pelvic pain may be multifactorial in its cause, and not all pelvic pain is directly related to diseases of the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, or ovaries. In fact, many times disorders of the spine, hips, and sacroiliac joints, and associated disorders of nerves and muscles, are the true underlying cause of the chronic pelvic pain.

For example, Dr. Kahn has consulted upon many young women under the age of 30 who have been referred by their friends, family, physical therapist, or gynecologist, after they were told that their pelvic pain is solely due to endometriosis, and that after multiple laparoscopies, the only remaining treatment would be a total hysterectomy.

During the performance of a detailed consultation, many of these young women were found to have non-gynecological causes of their chronic pain, often times related to musculoskeletal disorders of their pelvic girdle region, and after treatment, their pain was improved, allowing them to return to their desired activities and lifestyle.

The stress on the pelvic girdle, including the pelvic floor, associated with pregnancy is considerable, and both during pregnancy and after delivery many women may experience discomfort of a type which they have never experienced, even during prior pregnancies.

This may prevent the ability to adequately care for an infant child, and may significantly impact the ability to exercise in an effort to return to a pre-pregnancy level of health and fitness.

If you, or someone you know, suffers from pelvic pain, have your provider make a referral, or request a consultation via our Patient Portal.