Physical therapists are educated thoroughly in the anatomy and physiology of the body. We have extensive knowledge in the area of bones, joints, muscles, nerves, and how they work together in function of the body. Most people know that physical therapists treat injuries to the knees, shoulders, neck, back etc. However, many do not realize that some physical therapists have additional training in the treatment of the muscles of the pelvic floor.
One out of 7 American women ages 18-50 have pelvic pain. 61 percent of them have “no diagnosis”. 26 percent of women ages 18-59 have involuntary leakage of urine. 85 percent of women who have bladder or bowel incontinence and/or low libido do find significant improvement or even a cure with treatment by a women’s health physical therapist.
People who could benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy include those experiencing tail bone (coccyx) pain, abdominal pain, vaginal pain, pain with intercourse, urinary or fecal incontinence (involuntary loss of urine or stool), or prolapse (feeling of falling out or pressure). Many people experience these symptoms if they have a history of falling on the buttock or tailbone, have been pregnant or delivered children including c-section delivery, experienced menopausal symptoms, had a hysterectomy, or have had a large weight gain. Even teens can have incontinence, especially if they are involved in high-impact sports such as gymnastics or running.