Charity Hill, MD Biography Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine

I’m Dr. Charity Hill. I am a medical doctor. I trained at Temple University for medical
school and did my residency at NYU. I got involved in Sports & Spine Medicine
because I was a competitive athlete. When I decided to focus on pelvic pain, that
became really helpful as a lot of the structures we treat are very deep and can only be properly
imaged using a lot of the techniques that I developed in my orthopedic training. I joined the International Pelvic Pain Society,
and that’s a group of physicians in multiple specialties that all work together to try
to tackle the complicated aspects of pelvic pain. So, when I first began having pelvic pain,
I registered it as a sports injury just because I was playing sports around 30, 40 hours a
week. Went to multiple orthopedic surgeons and our
team doctor in college and they just weren’t able to really figure it out. When I was on my OBGYN rotation in medical
school, we had a pelvic pain patient coming into the clinic. My attending said, “Ah, it’s these pelvic
pain patients, you know? It’s just all in their head, there’s nothing
we can do for them.” I myself had pelvic pain, and I remember just
thinking to myself, “Oh my gosh, am I just crazy?” For a couple years I just kept my mouth shut
and actually didn’t seek any medical care, and I thought I could maybe make it go away
if I just ignored it. At one point I knew I really needed help when
my medical assistant came in to get me for a patient, and I was laying on the floor of
my office and that was kind of my rock-bottom when I was like, “No, I really need to treat
myself as well as treating other patients.” Finally, gotten to a doctor who was able to
figure it out that I had endometriosis, and I was really grateful I eventually found someone. Though I figured if I had that hard a time
finding care, even though I was already in the medical field, I figured it must be so
much more difficult from people who are coming from outside that field to get care. And I decided I wanted to focus my career
on educating people on the realities of pelvic pain and giving treatment to those kind of
patients. I’m very grateful that I am able to use all
the information that I’ve gathered over the years in order to help treat these patients
who are suffering so badly. So, there was a quote I heard once, “Pain
is inevitable, but suffering is optional.” For a while I didn’t have much hope that I
was ever gonna get to a place where I was going to be able to function like a normal
person, but it’s wonderful to have hope for the future and have hope that you’re able
to be who you really are and not let the pain rule your life.

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