Physical therapists (PT) treat a wide variety of patients. While most people are familiar with therapists helping patients with low back pain or recovering from a stroke, doctors are increasing referrals to PTs for pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD). The pelvic floor is comprised of close to 10 muscles that provide ‘sling-like’ support to the bottom of the pelvis. These muscles are vital to allow the internal organs of the pelvis to work efficiently and for pelvic stability with activities. Poor function of the pelvic floor muscles can lead to abdominal/pelvic pain, low back pain, incontinence, constipation/voiding dysfunction, or sexual dysfunction.
Pelvic floor dysfunction effects both men and women and can be treated effectively and conservatively with physical therapy. Treatments can include biofeedback, neuromuscular re-education and manual therapy, strengthening exercises and bowel/bladder retraining. These interventions can drastically improve both quality of life and possibly avoid or prolong surgical intervention.
Rex’s Outpatient Physical Therapy has 2 specially trained pelvic heath PTs that work closely with referring physicians to improve continuity of care and optimize patient outcomes. If you have any questions or believe you would benefit from pelvic health physical therapy, contact our Raleigh office at 919-784-4696.
‘Break Free from Pelvic Floor Disorders or PFDs’
An Upcoming PFD Informational Seminar for Women
Join Dr. Catherine Matthews, Director of UNC Urogynecology
and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery as she shares expert advice about PFD signs, symptoms and treatment options at the Rex Women’s Center Classroom 100A on November 15 at 11:30 a.m. Learn more…