What is Pelvic Physical Therapy?
Pelvic physical therapy is a specialized area of physical therapy devoted to the musculoskeletal assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor, which is the group of muscles extending from the pubic bone to tailbone. The pelvic floor muscles support the pelvis and pelvic organs, provide stability to the trunk during movement, aid in sexual function, and help maintain continence of urine and stool. Unresolved pelvic floor dysfunction may contribute to chronic low back or hip pain. The goal of pelvic physical therapy is to improve the function of the pelvic floor through evaluation of the musculoskeletal system, movement, and posture and appropriate treatment.
Common diagnoses treated in pelvic physical therapy include:
Prenatal/postpartum pain or musculoskeletal conditions
Chronic pelvic pain
Chronic abdominal pain
Pelvic organ prolapse
Post-prostatectomy bladder/bowel pain
What to expect at your first visit?
At your first visit, your physical therapist will do a thorough assessment. She will ask you questions regarding your general medical history, your symptoms, your daily habits, and your goals. She will perform an assessment of your musculoskeletal system and posture, and provide education on pelvic anatomy and function. Examination of your pelvic floor muscles will include external assessment of muscle function and internal assessment of pelvic floor pain and muscles.