It is estimated that possibly 25 million women in the United States struggle with the physical, social, emotional, and behavioral components of incontinence and pelvic dysfunctions. Despite the alarming number effected, this population is often overlooked, primarily as a result of the sensitivity and social implications of such discussions. Historically, Physical Therapists have effectively treated injuries and dysfunctions of various muscles and joints of the body. These same methods can be applied to correct the dysfunctions of the pelvic floor. These dysfunctions and related disorders are multifactoral, often complex, and need a multidisciplinary approach to evaluation, treatment, and management to ensure success.
Below are some common women’s health issues that may be addressed with physical therapy intervention:
- Incontinence and Hypertonus Dysfunction Diagnoses
- Urinary Stress, Urge, and Mixed Incontinence
- Overactive Bladder
- Bowel Dysfunction and Incontinence
- Levator Ani Syndrome and Tension Myalgia
- Proctalgia Fugax
- Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse)
- Vulvodynia and Vulvar Vestibulitis
- Pregnancy/postpartum Related Pain
- Pudendal Neuralgia
- Interstitial Cystis
- Urethral Syndrome/Pelvic Pain
Our physical therapists are trained to evaluate and treat these conditions using manual therapy, biofeedback, real time ultrasound imaging, client education and instruction in appropriate exercises/activities.
What should I expect at my evaluation?
At your evaluation your therapist will complete a thorough history taking and answer any questions that you might have. Often times, assessment of the lumbar spine, hip and pelvis may be completed to help determine the source of your issue. Further evaluation will be determined based on your particular needs and may include assessment of the pelic floor manually or using biofeedback equipment.
Please feel free to contact our clinics with additional questions regarding physical therapy treatments for women’s health conditions and pelvic floor dysfunction.
- Participating Clinics -
These neighborhood physical therapy clinics provide Women's Health and Pregnancy Related Therapy, click to schedule an appointment or learn more.
Kirkland (Totem Lake Physical Therapy)
Puyallup (South Hill)
Smokey Point / Marysville (Reaction Physical Therapy)