Urogynecology and Pelvic Floor
Pelvic pain, incontinence, and discomfort during intercourse are problems that many women face at some point in their lifetimes. At Wasatch Peak Physical Therapy, located on the Davis Hospital and Medical Center campus, patients work through these health issues with a women’s health physical therapist.
Our focus is to help you get rid of the pain and restore strength and shape to the pelvic floor. Wasatch Peak Physical Therapy is proud to feature an orthopedic clinical specialist, certified in women’s health physical therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association. Find out if therapy is right for you.
Who Needs Pelvic Floor Therapy?
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue that act like a hammock to support the pelvis and abdominal organs. The pelvic floor may become weakened, damaged, or scarred by surgery, organ prolapse, childbirth, or other causes. If you identify with one or more of the following statements, you may be a candidate for pelvic floor rehabilitation:
“I often leak urine when sneezing or laughing.”
“I have to use the restroom frequently, and sometimes can’t make it.”
“Sex is painful and uncomfortable for me.”
“I experience burning sensations and/or pain in the vulva.”
“I have had gynecologic surgery, scarring, and a difficult recovery.”
These are just a few of the statements that push many women to finally start getting the help they need. If you are experiencing these symptoms or others, talk to your physician or urogynecologist to learn more about the pelvic floor therapy options available to you. Or, call 801-825-8091 today.
Types of Pelvic Floor Issues
There are many pelvic floor problems treated at Wasatch Peak Physical Therapy.
Urinary incontinence. The involuntary loss of urine is more common than you might suspect. It’s estimated that one in four women over the age of 40 experiences some form of urinary incontinence, including overflow incontinence, urge incontinence, and stress urinary incontinence. Many women also struggle with overactive bladder syndrome. Physical therapy and biofeedback may be used to treat urinary frequency and incontinence non-surgically.
Bowel incontinence. The inability to control bowel movements can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Though this condition is more common in older patients, many adults experience bowel incontinence in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. Biofeedback and pelvic floor strengthening exercises can help.
Constipation. Chronic constipation can be uncomfortable, painful, and can lead to other problems, such as fissures, hemorrhoids and organ prolapse. Education, biofeedback and manual techniques can help.
Organ prolapse. When the pelvic floor becomes weak, organs may move out of place, causing pressure on or in the vagina. The uterus, rectum, and bladder are a few of the pelvic organs most likely to prolapse.
Postpartum. Following childbirth, many women are left with scars or pain that makes sex uncomfortable. Some women may experience chronic pain. Pelvic floor relaxation and strengthening exercises – and other physical therapy techniques – can help restore the body to health.
Pelvic pain/vulvodynia. Vulvodynia is a condition that causes extreme pain in the vulva, the opening of the vagina. Vulvodynia makes intercourse unbearable for many women. Oftentimes, the cause behind the pain is unknown. Pain may be intermittent, but it’s more common for the pain to last for several months or years.
Coccyx pain. Pain in the coccyx, or tailbone, may affect several areas of the pelvis, including the hips, pelvic floor, and pubic region. Though coccyx pain is usually the result of some form of trauma, it may occur following childbirth or spinal surgery. An orthopedic clinical specialist can help you move past this pain.
Rehabilitation for the Pelvic Floor
The pelvic floor issues listed above may be treated non-surgically with different forms of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Learn more about some of the techniques employed at Wasatch Peak Physical Therapy.
Therapeutic exercises. Your physical therapist can introduce you to a variety of exercises that strengthen the pelvic floor, providing stronger support to the vagina, bladder, and other pelvic organs.
Biofeedback therapy. Biofeedback is a simple, non-invasive technique that teaches you about how your pelvic floor muscles function. In biofeedback therapy, small sensors are placed on the body. As you contract your pelvic floor muscles, you will see a digital display of how the muscles are moving. This helps you learn how to better control the pelvic floor muscles.
Manual therapy. Massage and other manual therapy techniques can identify trigger points and relax muscles. Manual therapy may be applied internally or externally.
Electrical stimulation. Patients with extreme weakness in the pelvic floor may undergo electrical stimulation. This treatment option, which uses a special electrical device to contract muscles, is oftentimes prescribed for patients who are unable to participate in therapeutic exercises.
Is Pelvic Floor Therapy Right for You?
If you are suffering from pelvic pain, discomfort, or incontinence, ask your physician about the treatment options available to you. Most insurance plans do include physical therapy benefits. For more information about urogynecology and pelvic floor rehabilitation at Davis Hospital and Medical Center, call 801-825-8091. Physician referral is required for an appointment.
Wasatch Peak Physical Therapy is located in the Wasatch Peak Medical Plaza on the campus of Davis Hospital and Medical Center. Visit us on the south side of the hospital’s main entrance on the first floor in Suite 100.