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Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is a subspecialty of physical therapy in which therapists address the muscles, nerves and connective tissue of the pelvic floor, or pelvic diaphragm, to assist patients with a variety of diagnoses and conditions. The pelvic floor is the base to the body’s core and performs many functions throughout one’s day and life. Pelvic floor therapy may be a part of a larger recovery or addressing a dysfunction all on its own.
While pelvic floor problems are common, they are not normal problems, and they do not have to be a part of your life.
The Pelvic Health Physical Therapy program offered through Rehabilitation Services at Aspen Valley Hospital focuses on treatment of conditions that affect the low back, pelvic floor and the hips. Our rehab experts offer a complete evaluation with an individualized tailored approach, including a biomechanical movement screening, functional strength evaluation and, if appropriate, an internal examination for a complete pelvic floor strength, endurance and coordination assessment. At Aspen Valley Hospital, we will always create an individualized treatment plan to address each patient’s specific goals.
The pelvic floor directly affects bladder function. If you notice abnormal bladder issues, you should talk to your healthcare provider. Symptoms can include:
Less obvious, but equally concerning, are problems with your bowel or bowel movements. This can be a sign something is wrong with your pelvic floor.
Most women have experienced some form of pelvic pain at some point in life, but chronic pelvic pain should be diagnosed and addressed as soon as possible. Symptoms of pelvic pain include:
This condition occurs when one or more of the pelvic organs slip from their normal position and put pressure on the vagina. Pelvic organ prolapse most commonly occurs in the years after childbirth or after a hysterectomy or menopause.
Pain during intercourse, or dyspareunia, is a common symptom of sexual dysfunction. Others include:
If you are experiencing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, your AVH care team will create a treatment plan based on your condition and specific needs. There are a variety of ways to treat pelvic floor issues, including many non-invasive, non-surgical and restorative options, however, surgery may be recommended for more severe cases. To set up an appointment, ask your doctor to send the referral or call AVH Rehabilitation Services at 970.544.1177.