Prisma Health Physical Therapy Specialists – Pelvic Floor and Women's Health Program
Our pelvic floor specialists at Prisma Health Physical Therapy Specialists offer multiple advanced treatment techniques that can help with many specific symptoms. Our treatment options range from manual therapy and strength and flexibility exercises to biofeedback and electrical stimulation.
Conditions we treat
- Back pain during pregnancy
- Dyspareunia – pain during intercourse
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pelvic pain – interstitial cystitis, vulvodynia, endometriosis
- Post-partum muscle weakness and back pain
- Rectus abdominus diastasis
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
Your first visit will include a thorough discussion about your medical history with questions about bladder, bowel, sexual function, obstetric history, dietary habits and problems revolving around pain.
A musculoskeletal evaluation to determine the role the muscles, joints, scar tissue and connective tissue have on the symptoms you are experiencing. A detailed evaluation will revolve around spine, pelvis, muscle strength, and function of legs, hips and core.
A vaginal or rectal exam can help provide information regarding the strength, endurance and coordination of the pelvic floor muscle. An internal examination can also allow for the identification of areas of restriction or pain that can be contributing to your symptoms. Please know that patient preference for treatment is a large part of having a successful outcome. If a patient is uncomfortable with this procedure, alternative treatment options may be performed.
- Manual therapy – Pelvic floor muscles can be stretched and strengthened to help alleviate symptoms.
- Biofeedback – A powerful tool that is utilized both internally and externally and allows the patient and therapist to see the electrical activity of the pelvic floor muscles.
- Electrical stimulation – Used with patients who demonstrate a weak pelvic floor (urinary or fecal incontinence).
- Strengthening and flexibility – A program designed with patient tolerance in mind to ensure an adequate balance of the muscles.
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