Colleen Fitzgerald
  • Associate Professor
  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation, Women's Pelvic Medicine, Pregnancy-Related Musculoskeletal Medicine, Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Postpartum pain, Pain in Pregnancy
Board Certifications
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - General Cert: AM Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Research Summary

Female Chronic pelvic pain
Pelvic floor disorders
Pregnancy related low back and pelvic pain

K23 HD069511-01A1 9/23/2013 – 6/30/2016
NIH/NICHD “Mechanistic Distinctions in Female Chronic Pelvic Pain Subtypes”
The purpose of this study is to examine the sensory and functional characteristics of women with postpartum pelvic pain (somatic-musculoskeletal pain) and interstitial cystitis/IC/CPP (visceral pain), compared with women without CPP. Preliminary investigation in the central brain imaging of these CPP subtypes will be done.
Scott F. Nadler Research Award 10/1/2013 – 9/30/2014
Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The Effect of Ultrasound Guided Posterior Sacroiliac Ligament Corticosteroid Injection in Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle Pain
The purpose of this randomized controlled study is to to investigate the clinical outcome of ultrasound guided ligamentous corticosteroid injection in pregnant women with sacroiliac pain also undergoing physical therapy.


Transient osteoporosis of pregnancy of the bilateral hips in twin gestation: A case seriesReese,M. E.; Fitzgerald,C.; Hynes,C.PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation 2014 ; ( ):

Pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain: what have we learned?Fitzgerald,C. M.American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2013 ;208(4):242-242

Medical School
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern University Medical School, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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