Pelvic Floor Dysfunction FAQ
Millions of men and women suffer from some type of pelvic floor dysfunction or disorder, but many go undiagnosed and untreated. Browse these frequently asked questions to learn more about pelvic floor dysfunction and the specialized treatment I provide at Innova Physical Therapy:
What is pelvic floor dysfunction?
The pelvic floor is made up of many muscles, ligaments and fascia. These structures may endure trauma from surgery, childbirth, and other life circumstances. While we often take their proper functioning for granted (such as holding our urine until it’s a proper time to release it), it is very common for dysfunction to occur, leading to incontinence of urine or bowels or pelvic pain.
You are not alone! Pelvic dysfunction affects at least 20-30% of the population. This number may be even higher, as many people do not seek treatment.
You may hear others say that being incontinent is normal at their stage in life. Leaking urine is never normal! Though incontinence may be common at different stages of life, there is help to decrease the effects on your social and physical well being.
How does physical therapy help my pelvic floor?
It may be news to you that physical therapy can help with pain and limitations in your pelvic region. Physical therapists are licensed to treat the internal and external structures of the pelvis, just like any other group of muscles, ligaments and connective tissues in the body. Our goal in physical therapy is to help the structures be in alignment, ensure adequate strength and muscle flexibility in order for these areas to function properly, support your internal organs, and alleviate pain.
What to expect
Your first visit will comprise of an hour long initial evaluation. Here, I will gather your medical history, goals you have, and discuss any pain, concerns, or limitations related to your pelvic floor dysfunction. I will complete a thorough musculoskeletal exam, assessing your posture, muscles, and nerves throughout your back, pelvis and hips. Most often, it is beneficial to complete an internal pelvic floor exam, to assess the specific muscles and connective tissue affecting your limitations. This portion of the exam can be refused or put on hold at any point of time. We will then discuss and decide on treatment and a plan of care that best fits the examination findings, as well as your needs.
* You may bring along another person to any of your appointments.
Treatments will be up to one hour long and are typically weekly for about 6 weeks. Treatments will decrease overtime once your program has been established and as you improve. I understand that everyone’s body is unique and therefore each person will have an individualized program.
- My practice is dedicated to focusing specifically on pelvic regional diagnoses.
- Extensive continuing education classes.
- Manual one-on-one therapy, with biofeedback and electrical stimulation as needed.
- Up to one hour sessions with a licensed physical therapist.