Int J Clin Pract 2021 May 11:e14350. Epub 2021 May 11.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medical Sciences, University of Campinas.
Aims: Deep infiltrative endometriosis (DIE) may cause pelvic pain and thus negatively affect the function of different structures. We hypothesized that women with DIE may have dysfunctions of the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) and lower limb muscles (LLM).
Methods: This cross-sectional study included 160 women (80 with DIE under hormonal treatment and 80 women without DIE), who were assessed to determine the presence of pelvic symptoms (dysmenorrhea, chronic pelvic pain (CPP), deep/penetration dyspareunia, dysuria, dyschezia, and vulvodynia), PFM function (PERFECT scheme, presence of hypertonia and trigger points, and muscle contraction and relaxation), abdominal muscle pain (Carnett's test), and muscle shortening in LLM (Thomas, Pace, and Ober tests). Read More