Meet Your Atlanta Pelvic Pain Specialist: Dr. Yogita Tailor
Dr. Yogita Tailor, DO is a trained physiatrist and expert in women’s and men’s health and sexual health. She is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and skilled in the treatment of pelvic dysfunction and resulting pain disorders. Dr. Tailor then was on faculty as Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University, where she practiced for seven years before beginning with Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine’s Atlanta office in summer of 2020. She has also offered her services as a staff physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Atlanta VA Hospital from 2013 until 2020. In her experience as a Doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Tailor has an extensive background in treating disorders affecting the pelvic floor and understands how pelvic dysfunction can lead to corollary symptoms such as back and hip pain. She values a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to pain treatment that incorporates everything from modern medical technology to recommended lifestyle changes to treat all facets of chronic pain and improve her patients’ quality of life. Dr. Tailor has seen how often pelvic issues go ignored and undiagnosed, and how this lack of understanding can cause emotional distress as well as worsening physical problems. She aims to bridge this gap in understanding to bring her patients concrete results and genuine relief.
GET TO KNOW YOUR DOCTOR
WHY DID YOU BECOME A DOCTOR?
I’ve been drawn to medicine since childhood and have always really enjoyed the opportunity to help people on a one-on-one basis. Being able to make a difference in someone else’s life motivates and inspires me. Throughout my time as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor, I’ve seen how central the pelvis is to so many pain conditions and how often people can struggle with getting bounced from doctor to doctor without finding relief for their pelvic pain issues, which are far too often ignored considering the pelvic region’s importance to the anatomy.
WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO TREATMENT?
The primary goal is always to improve function and quality of life. An important part of that is developing personal relations with patients so there’s mutual trust that our approach can help them heal. I also hope to change the approach of pelvic pain in Atlanta.
WHAT MAKES YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT HELPING PRM'S COMMUNITY OF PATIENTS?
PRM’s community of patients are typically those that have been dismissed and ignored for a really long time. It seems that the medical system needs to have concrete things that have to fit in order for these patients to be heard and their concerns addressed. They’re being dismissed because there isn't imaging to correlate their pain. Patients need to be validated but haven't been for what they are feeling. I feel passionate that what I am hearing from the patient needs to be considered, for their quality of life and function, and I want to align my treatment goals with their goals.When it comes to the pelvis, patients have been made to think their pains are normal or should not even be mentioned, as society has made it “the normal.” Details of painful periods experienced by moms are not shared with their daughters when they may also be going through the same.
HOW DO YOU CARE FOR YOUR PATIENTS?
To me, patient care requires a lot of empathy, communication, and trust. I want my patients to know that they’re being listened to and feel like we’re a team with the ultimate goal of improving their quality of life.I listen with both ears, hear their story, and pay attention to every detail as they are talking. Sometimes, I may realize there is a missing piece, so I engage with them and ask questions about their journey. Patients may skip over certain things thinking it's normal or not pertinent to their history, but I want to know all of those details. When I’m in the room with my patients, I want to know what all is involved with their journey, the good and the bad. Then I can make sense of those pieces and help them get to a better place, while addressing the pelvic floor, because sometimes the pelvic floor has not been considered in their previous care.The consented exam will help make the story make sense. If their lab tests are coming back as normal, the exam can tell us more. I want to be able to connect their symptoms to what's going on in their body so we can come up with a plan together.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?
Nothing’s more satisfying than when a patient starts to see concrete results. I love seeing my patients begin to move along the path to better health and function.
WHAT DOES PRM'S MISSION OF "DECREASING THE TIME PATIENTS ARE SUFFERING WITH PELVIC PAIN" MEAN TO YOU?
Patients on the street look average and normal, but when they go home, they're hurting and it's affecting their job and relationships. On the outside they might not display any health concerns, but at the same time they’re not living up to what their potential can be, and we help them get close to their desired quality of life, function, and doing what they enjoy.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HELPING THE POPULATION OF WOMEN SUFFERING WITH ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Endometriosis is a super tough diagnosis, especially when labs and imaging come back normal for a patient. It stems from society normalizing painful periods and these types of symptoms and misdirection in the medical facility. Endometriosis is mentioned maybe one day out of four years of medical school. Awareness needs to be made both in the community and in the healthcare setting.The gold standard for endometriosis treatment is typicallyexcision, but by itself it may lead to pain and dysfunction, so at PRM, we ensure we incorporate all the tools in our toolbox.Endo is a chronic disease with or without excision and we have to be able to treat it so that endometriosis doesn’t take over the patient's life and they can still achieve what they want to achieve.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT PELVIC HEALTH?
The pelvis is complicated and pelvic pain can have so many causes and variables that there’sgenerally no single answer to the problem. That’s why it’s so important to treat each patient as an individual. We can find an approach that will help reduce pain and improve quality of life, even if the answers aren’t always simple and straightforward.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
After receiving her undergraduate diploma from the University of Maryland: Baltimore County, Dr. Tailor completed her medical education at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. She fulfilled her internship at Christiana Care Health Systems in Newark, Delaware and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore-University of Maryland.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Global Pelvic Health Alliance Membership
Dr. Tailor has participated in Grand Rounds at local hospitals and contributes to PRM’s education content for our patients and online audiences. She is also currently on the board of directors for Side By Side Brain Injury Clubhouse, a nonprofit which helps people with traumatic brain injuries regain function and return to normalcy.
Professional Medical Association Memberships
Yogita Tailor, DO's Reviews
I am so glad I found Dr. Tailor post endometriosis excision. She listened to my long and challenging history with the disease and knew exactly what to do to facilitate...
Jul 17, 2022 5.0
I was having a lot of pain and discomfort before I started my injections with Dr. Tailor. But with her guidance and care I've been able to have a lot...
Jul 17, 2022 5.0
The request and willingness to tell my journey was shocking and comforting. I felt heard for the first time in ten plus years. I highly recommend seeing her for a...