Charity Hill, MD
As a young athlete, Dr. Charity Hill experienced serious back, pelvic and hip pain. She saw many doctors, but her underlying condition went undiagnosed for years. Told repeatedly there was no cause for her pain, that it must be in her head, Dr. Hill eventually was diagnosed with endometriosis. This experience led her to study the field of pelvic pain.
Having spent years seeking effective treatments for her own condition, Dr. Hill understands the importance of helping patients who, like her, have been misdiagnosed – or not diagnosed at all. She believes in exploring every viable option in the quest to overcome patients’ pain, so she integrates holistic practices with traditional medical treatments in the patient treatment plans she develops.
Her philosophy of care is designed to treat the whole patient, not just a disease or symptom. Her goals are to decrease pain, increase overall function, and improve each patient’s quality of life.
Dr. Hill is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as an active member of the International Pelvic Pain Society, serving on the IPPS Medical Education Committee.
She has published peer-reviewed articles on the treatment of muscle pain in academic journals and works closely with renowned pelvic pain gynecologists and urologists. Taking a team approach, she works with specialists in pelvic floor physical therapy, kinetics and movement, as well as acupuncturists, nutritionists, cognitive behavioral therapists and functional medicine physicians.
Get To Know Your Doctor
Why did you become a doctor?
I’ve always had a passion for medicine. My Grandfather was a urologist, and my uncles were OB/GYN’s, and the family dinner table was frequently full of medical talk. I loved how passionate they were about their work, and helping their patients, and decided young that I would also join the medical field.
What is your approach to medicine?
I like to approach medicine by looking at the patient as a whole and taking into account all considerations that may be affecting the patients’ health. I find that if you try to just work on one area or problem, and ignore other issues, it is very difficult to help someone get truly well.
How would you define patient care?
Patient care is ensuring that all of the needs of the patient are being met, not just concerns that are in my field of expertise. I like to assemble a care team for each patient, to make sure that the multiple systems involved in pelvic pain are all addressed.
Do you do any non-profit or philanthropic work?
I have done medical mission work in Guatemala, Honduras and Southern Mexico, as well as Costa Rica. I enjoy getting back to medical basics and serving people of different cultures and backgrounds.
What events/topics/presentations for PRM over the last 2 years are you most proud of and why?
I’m very proud of the work we have done with the ROSE Study in trying to develop an early, and non-invasive diagnostic tool for endometriosis
Dr. Hill studied at the Temple University School of Medicine, the University of Maryland Medical Center and New York University. She began her practice as a specialist in sports and spine treatment in San Francisco, California.
At Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, we look at things differently. We consider the patient as a whole person, and we focus on the pelvic region because it’s the central core of your body. The pelvis is one of the primary regions in your body that helps your muscles, nerves, organs, ligaments and bones work together as a unified organism.
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