Are you one of the millions of women who suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, such as pelvic pain or incontinence? If so, it can often feel as though your bladder dictates your life.
Here are some of the ways pelvic floor dysfunction can affect women’s lives:
- Prevents your ability to experience intimacy
- Makes vaginal exams difficult to tolerate
- Sometimes causes you to feel like your insides are falling out due to pelvic organ prolapse
- Causes difficulty strengthening core muscles after delivery
- Causes uncomfortable pre- or post-partum low back or pelvic pain
- Prevents you from doing things you used to be able to do
- Gets in the way of your ability to live your life as you want
If you’ve experienced any of the above problems due to pelvic floor dysfunction or other women’s health conditions, you may be an excellent candidate for pelvic floor physical therapy!
Many women don’t mention these problems to their healthcare providers out of the assumption that what they’re experiencing is normal or something they simply have to live, and the result is suffering in silence. While having these conditions is common, it is not normal, and there is help available!
At Superior, our women’s health PT has extensive experience treating all of these challenges and more. Pelvic floor physical therapy is a conservative approach and a wonderful alternative for women who want to avoid taking medication or having surgery.
Physical therapy has yielded excellent results in addressing pelvic floor dysfunction and other women’s health conditions because a whole-person approach is taken. An individualized treatment program is tailored to your particular needs, the ultimate goal being to improve your quality of life.
Here are some of the diagnoses evaluated and treated by Superior’s Pelvic Health Program include the following:
- Incontinence: Urinary urge, stress, mixed, functional, and fecal.
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: Pelvic organ prolapse, bowel/bladder dysfunction (frequency, urgency, retention, and/or incomplete emptying), increased or decreased pelvic floor muscle tone.
- Pregnancy and Postpartum Care: Low back pain, sacroiliac joint pain, symphysis pubis dysfunction, sciatica, and diastasis recti.
- Pelvic Pain: Vulvodynia, vulvar vestibulitis, dyspareunia or painful intercourse, vaginismus, coccydynia, levator ani syndrome, interstitial cystitis, endometriosis.
- Pre- and Post-Surgical: Hysterectomy, cesarean, episiotomy, prolapse repair.
In recent weeks, we have begun offering TelePT visits to better meet the needs of our patients as our nation faces the COVID-19 pandemic. Each visit takes place on a secure, HIPPA-compliant platform and is covered by most major insurances (Medicare included).
So far, these visits have been extremely well received as patients can be virtually educated on their diagnosis and pelvic floor anatomy to help them to better understand their condition. Patients receive thorough education on topics specific to their particular issue. Additionally, patients are expertly guided through individualized comprehensive home exercise programs by our pelvic floor physical therapist, Lynne Schill, MPT. Patients also receive electronic written home exercise program instructions via Medbridge.
Are you ready to feel more like yourself again?
Visit our TelePT page to learn more about our virtual appointments and schedule one today!