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.

Not sure if you have Pelvic Floor Dysfunction? Try this short questionnaire.

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.

Your first visit is like any other physical therapy evaluation.

There is paperwork you will need to fill out. (See list below) The therapist will then get a detailed history from you. The therapist will then do an external assessment of your low back, your pelvis, and abdomen.

Depending on how much time is left in the first visit you and the therapist will decide if an internal exam will be performed. The reason for the internal exam is because the therapist needs to assess the coordination of the muscles, the strength, relaxation, if there is pain, and scar mobility. The internal exam is similar to a gynecological visit. I use a gloved finger and place it inside the vaginal canal. I then feel along the muscles for any obliquities. I will then have the patient perform contractions of the muscle and bearing down to demonstrate relaxation. It is from all of this information that I will put together a treatment plan tailored specifically to you and your needs.

Before Your First Visit

  • Make a list of questions that you have to discuss on your first visit.
  • List signs and symptoms that can be of importance to the therapist.
  • Have in writing key past medical history, previous treatments, current medications, and other important information.
  • Please call our office to verify your insurance benefits.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early for your first appointment.
  • Bring with you a copy of your insurance card and a photo ID.

Do I have Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

Take the short quiz below by checking all the symptoms that apply to you.

    IF YOU CHECKED 3 OR MORE CIRCLES, PELVIC FLOOR DYSFUNCTION IS LIKELY.

    Is your pain making it difficult for you to concentrate?

    Are you hoping it will just go away but it's still hurting you?

    Call our office right now.

    Tel: (509) 279-2867

     

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    Core Pelvic Physical Therapy

    Clinic is located at:

    1510 N. Argonne Rd., Suite F
    Spokane Valley, WA 99212

    Tel: (509) 279-2867

    Fax: (509) 279-2419

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