But when your doctor mentions you should see a PT for issues involving your nether region that’s when you throw up your hands in disbelief and walk out of the doctor’s office wondering…
What can a PT do for me?
Once you have mustered enough courage to call the PT office where you were referred to you are then unsure and embarrassed what to say when the receptionist asks you the dreaded question,
“What are we seeing you for?”
After you have managed to mumble, what you hope is audible to the receptionist about,
“Therapy for my… vagina.”
You sigh a breath of relief as the receptionist ensures you that,
“You are in the right place for that.”
What to Expect on the First Visit
Pelvic floor physical therapy is not commonly spoken of so the most anxious part of the entire treatment is the phone call to schedule and coming in for the initial evaluation.
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A Pelvic Floor Specialist Can Help
- Post-Menopausal changes: pain with intimacy, urinary urgency/ frequency, urinary incontinence, prolapse, waking at night to pee.
- Pre and Post-Partum: Exercising during pregnancy, return to exercise, decreasing diastasis recti, pain pre and post-partum, urinary or fecal incontinence, prolapse.
- Athlete: urinary incontinence, urinary urgency/ frequency, prolapse.
- Other: frequent urinary tract infections, difficulty emptying bowel or bladder, tail bone pain. Pain in the groin, pelvic floor, or abdomen, constipation, painful bladder syndrome/ IC, vulvodynia, vestibulitis, endometriosis, waking at night to pee.
- Post Prostectomy: urinary incontinence, urinary urgency / frequency, pelvic pain
- Other: Chronic prostatitis, IC/ painful bladder, constipation, tailbone pain, pain in pelvic floor or groin
- Bed-wetting, urinary urgency/ frequency, daytime accidents, frequent urinary tract infections.
- Constipation, bowel incontinence.
- Abdominal pain, tailbone pain.
An Important Question
Pelvic floor physical therapy has only been in the spot light for the last few years. It continues to be challenging to find therapists who specialize in this form of physical therapy.
Not every physical therapist is a pelvic floor physical therapist. To specialize in pelvic floor therapy, you have to take extensive training after graduating from physical therapy school and passing the national licensing exam. It doesn’t end there.
Just like with standard PT, every physical therapist has varying degrees of education.
Do not be afraid to ask how long a therapist has been in their specialty.