Conditions Treated Within Pelvic Floor PT
- Pelvic pain
- Abdominal pain/ Endometriosis
- Interstitial Cystitis/ Painful Bladder Syndrome
- Painful Urination
- Coccydynia/ Tailbone pain
- Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) Dysfunction
- Low Back Pain
- Dyspareunia/ Painful Intercourse
- Urinary incontinence
- Fecal incontinence
- Diastasis Recti
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Gender Affirming Care
Q: What happens in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
A: First, you and your therapist have a conversation about what is bothering you, and she takes a detailed history to get a clear picture of what might be going on. After that, you determine an examination plan together, which may include an internal vaginal and/ or rectal muscle exam, but only if it's appropriate and you're comfortable with it. Based on your examination's findings, your therapist will develop a treatment plan specifically designed just for you. She will check in regularly to make sure that your treatment plan is effective, and will make adjustments as needed so that it works for you.
Q: Why would an internal muscle exam be needed? Will I have to do this every time?
A: First, any examination techniques will only be performed with your understanding and consent, both prior to and during the exam. For people presenting with complaints related to pelvic muscles, the gold standard is an internal muscle examination. This allows your therapist to determine the strength, coordination, and sensitivity of these muscles. This examination is performed in a private room, with your therapist wearing gloves and using lubricant. Sometimes, internal work is part of the treatment plan to address painful, sensitive, or shortened muscles, but that is always a discussion with your therapist, and never a requirement.
Q: Who goes to pelvic floor physical therapy?
A: Anyone who is experiencing issues with pelvic pain, urinary concerns, bowel dysfunction, discomfort during or after pregnancy, scar tissue related to abdominal or pelvic surgery or radiation, and many other conditions. If you are unsure if you're a candidate for pelvic floor PT, feel free to call and ask!