Women’s Sports and Pelvic Medicine Program | Women's Health | Loyola Medicine

Women’s Sports and Pelvic Medicine Program

Comprehensive Techniques to Diagnose and Treat Women's Sports and Pelvic Medicine Conditions

The goal of the Women’s Sports and Pelvic Medicine program at Loyola University Medical Center is to help women and girls become active, stay active, stay healthy, reduce pain and prevent injuries. The program treats women's sports medicine injuries as well as pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic pain conditions.

Women are 2-3 times more likely to have pelvic floor dysfunction than men. They are also more likely experience certain sports injuries, such as an ACL injury, stress fracture or runner’s knee. Forty percent of high school female athletes have bone health abnormalities, menstrual dysfunction and nutritional abnormalities.

Loyola University Medical Center's multidisciplinary women's health team includes fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians, physician experts in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic pain, orthopaedic surgeons, obstetrician/gynecologists, urologists and urogynecologists. Our team works closely with certified orthopaedic (OCS) and women’s health (WCS) physical therapists.

The program offers evaluation and treatment of the unique, gender-specific factors that affect musculoskeletal disorders and injuries in women, including:

  • Injury prevention for female athletes
  • Musculoskeletal injuries (ACL injuries, runner's knee, frozen shoulder, muscle/tendon injuries, joint sprains/strains, sports-related concussion)
  • Female athlete triad (bone health abnormalities, menstrual dysfunction and nutritional abnormalities)
  • Low back pain
  • Bone stress injuries and stress fractures
  • Spine stress fractures
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction (urinary incontinence, overactive bladder and pelvic organ prolapse)
  • Pelvic pain (pelvic floor muscle pain, painful intercourse, vulvodynia, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome)
  • Pregnancy and postpartum musculoskeletal conditions (low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, abdominal separation)

Sports Treated at Loyola Medicine

Our team treats female athletes participating in a wide variety of sports, including:

  • Gymnastics
  • Dance/performing arts
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Track & field
  • Cross country
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Lacrosse
  • Field hockey
  • Swimming
  • Water polo
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Figure skating
  • Hockey
  • Fencing
  • Wrestling
  • Powerlifting/bodybuilding 
  • Skiing/snowboarding

Why Choose Loyola for Women’s Sports Medicine and Pelvic Floor Care?

Loyola’s women’s health and sports medicine experts are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health and exercise performance. In addition to comprehensive preventive care for female athletes, we provide advanced diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation options to return you to your full potential after an injury. As nationally recognized leaders in the research of injury prevention, Loyola’s sports medicine doctors consult athletes on their risk factors and perform motion analysis for young competitors, adult weekend athletes as well as professional athletes.

The program also offers evidence-based treatments and leading-edge clinical research opportunities through its connection to the Center for Translational Research at the Loyola University Medical Center.