The 5 Things We Wish PTs, MDs, and Patients Knew About Pudendal Neuralgia and Pudendal Nerve Entrapment
Why is the diagnosis of Pudendal Neuralgia confused with Pudendal Nerve Entrapment? Why are there so many misdiagnoses with pudendal symptoms? Its complex. We are both pelvic physical therapists who see primarily pelvic pain, and more specifically, a high volume of patients with pudendal nerve symptoms. We evaluate and treat patients from all over the world who are not finding help or differential diagnoses related to pelvic pain and pudendal neuralgia. We also developed a full course for health professionals on pudendal neuralgia. What is most surprising to us is how many health care practitioners are not familiar with the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain and associated neuropathy in that area. We hear comments such as, “I don’t treat THAT nerve issue” or “I stay away from the pelvic region, but I’ll treat patients for back, hip or lower extremity diagnoses”. One vascular surgeon said, “I’ll deal with veins anywhere else in the body, but I won’t go near the pelvis.” Many patients seek answers online and this can lead to receiving the wrong information or seeing daunting “gloom and doom” stories. Research in this area is lacking, unfortunately.