Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald discusses treatment for chronic pelvic pain

Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, a pelvic pain specialist, is the medical director of the Chronic Pelvic Pain program. She is a physiatrist, a physical medicine physician, who focuses in women's health.

It's a little known fact, but about 25 percent of women end up with chronic pelvic pain after delivering a child. And Loyola's Chronic Pelvic Pain Clinic is one of the best places to receive treatment for these conditions.

She said kegel muscles are an often overlooked set of core muscles, which protect the pelvis and the lower back. They are the first that engage when we walk, when we cough, when we move. And they are easily rehabilitated.

With some conditions a women feels relief after just four sessions. Loyola has a team approach to these conditions. Your medical team, all female physicians, will discuss your case to draw up treatment plan tailored just for you. Loyola is also known for its extensive research in this area. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 888-LUHS-888 (888-584-7888).

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.