Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

What You Need to Know

What is pelvic floor muscle dysfunction?

       Your pelvic floor is the group of muscles that span the bottom of your pelvis.  Just like any other muscle group, they can be too tight or too loose and create dysfunction or pain.  Your pelvic floor muscles are important while supporting your organs, peeing, pooping,  having sex, and birthing a baby. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
Why might I need pelvic floor physical therapy?
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum pain or issues
  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Pelvic/Vaginal Pain
  • Painful Sex
  • Endometriosis
  • Bladder or bowel leaking
  • Constipation
  • Straining or difficulty emptying your bladder
  • Tailbone pain (coccydynia)
  • Muscle spasms in the pelvis
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Abdominal pain

Before Treatment 

You do not need a referral for physical therapy in Illinois from your physician, but it is important to see a physician to get cleared for pelvic floor physical therapy.  We are in network with BlueCross BlueShield and Medicare. There are self pay options of $150 per visit if you are not insured or we are not in network with your insurance. Please wear whatever is comfortable for you to the initial evaluation. Please contact Nicole to discuss if you have any concerns – nicolewodka@emergeptw.com

Treatment

During your first visit, we will privately discuss any problems you’re experiencing, your personal history of the problem and medical history, as well as your goals for treatment.  A pelvic floor examination may include the following: examination of the lumbar spine and hips, internal and external assessment of the pelvic floor muscles and tissues, strength assessment, and assessment of your posture. Treatment may include behavioral modification, manual therapies, exercise, education, and functional re-training.

An internal pelvic floor muscle examination will only be performed if deemed appropriate and with your consent.

Pelvic floor physical therapy evaluations are performed one-on-one in a private treatment room.