Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that normally grows on the inner lining of the uterus, grows in abnormal places. This may include the outside of the uterus, ovaries or bowel. Endometriosis is characterized by chronic debilitating pelvic pain, low back pain, and abdominal pain. The pain often interferes with activities of daily living and may effect fertility as well.
Symptoms of endometriosis can include the following:
- Pelvic pain and cramps before, after, and during periods
- Low back pain
- Lower abdominal pain
- Pain with intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Pain with urination (dysuria)
- Pain with bowel movements
Physical therapy can help relieve the symptoms of endometriosis alongside medical treatment. Physical therapy often includes relaxation techniques, manual therapy to relieve pain, stretching and strengthening exercises, and a home exercise program.