Pelvic Health

Pelvic health encompasses a wide range of diagnoses. Symptoms may include pelvic pain, incontinence, constipation, pain with intercourse, bowel/bladder dysfunction, weakness, tightness, low back pain, and sacroiliac pain. At performance therapy you will be seen one on one with a licensed physical therapist. Our physical therapists have inclined specific training in pelvic health and are committed to staying up to date on the current research to best help our patients receive the best care possible.

Getting Started

As a new patient, you will receive a thorough evaluation and one -on -one discussion with your physical therapist in a comfortable environment. This will include a musculoskeletal examination as well as an internal pelvic floor examination if appropriate. Each visit will be approximately 45 -60 minutes depending on the individual needs. You and your therapist will develop a customized treatment plan. All treatments take place in a private room by a female physical therapist trained specifically in pelvic health physical therapy. 

Urinary Incontinence 

Millions of people experience pelvic floor dysfunction which can lead to incontinence with simple activities such as coughing, sneezing, walking, and general exercise, significantly impacting one’s quality of life. Physical therapy may help you regain control with retraining of the bowel and bladder and education on pelvic floor function. Our physical therapists have specific training and certification in pelvic health to address pelvic floor dysfunction for the female, male and pediatric populations and are committed to staying up to date on the current research to best help our patients receive the state of the art care.

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is a complex problem, often affecting the patient for many years before seeking health. The pain can be associated with pelvic dysfunctions including incontinence, constipation, and sexual dysfunctions. Pain in the pelvis or surrounding lumbosacral region can be caused by muscle weakness, tightness, spasms, and/or scar tissue. The goal of physical therapy is to normalize the pelvic floor and surrounding muscle tone, motor control, and strength using various techniques such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, biofeedback, manual therapy, strengthening programs, and extensive education.

Prenatal/ Postpartum Care

Child bearing years should be an exciting time in a woman’s life. Hormonal changes and the growing uterus can affect the musculoskeletal system leading to low back pain, sacro-iliac pain, pelvic discomfort, incontinence, leg pain/numbness, postural changes, and potential muscle imbalances. Physical therapy can be effective at managing these symptoms in both the prenatal and postpartum periods. Physical therapy during the prenatal period can help optimize birth outcome. Postpartum treatment can also address diastasis recti, cesarean section incision management, pelvic floor re-training, and a guided return to activities including sports.

Let Performance Therapy assist you with proper evaluation and treatment to help manage your symptoms. Some of the most common diagnoses we see are: 

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Fecal Incontinence / constipation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome / fecal urgency
  • Coccyx pain
  • Pudendal Neuralgia
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy
  • Labor and delivery preparation
  • C-Section rehabilitation
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Vulvar pain / vulvodynia
  • Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Diastasis recti abdominis
  • Prostateodynia / prostatitis
  • Sexual dysfunctions (dyspareunia, erectile dysfunction, painful intercourse)
  • Prostatectomy rehabilitation
  • Hysterectomy rehabilitation
  • Bone density loss / osteoporosis
  • Pediatric bowel and bladder dysfunction