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Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation services offered in Tigard, OR

Did You Know?:

  • 25% of young women, 44-57% of middle-aged and post-menopausal women experience urinary incontinence.  (UI New Hope 2012)
  • up to 80% of female athletes experience urinary continence (Thais Regina de Mattos Lourenco et al. 2018) *Factors included amount of exercise performed and amount of impact during exercise.
  • 1 in 7 American women aged 18-50 have pelvic pain (www.pelvic pain.org)

 

Up to one in three women experience pelvic floor dysfunction, a collective term that represents conditions, such as:  incontinence, constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain.  Fortunately, pelvic floor rehabilitation has been proven to provide long term solutions for pelvic floor dysfunction.  At SW Physical Therapy, physical therapist John Lopez, PT, specializes in pelvic floor rehabilitation. To make an appointment, call the office in Tigard, Oregon, or book online today.

CLICK HERE to use our screening tool to see if you are experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction. 

 

What is pelvic floor rehabilitation?

Pelvic floor rehabilitation is a physical therapy specialty that evaluates and treats pelvic floor dysfunction. Your pelvic floor muscles have important functions, including fully controlling your bowel and bladder functions, and supporting your pelvic organs. 

If your pelvic floor becomes weak due to the natural aging process, or it experiences an injury due to childbirth or an underlying health problem, you might experience incontinence or other issues. Pelvic floor rehabilitation can help strengthen your muscles, reduce uncomfortable symptoms, and improve your quality of life.

Who can benefit from pelvic floor rehabilitation?

You might benefit from pelvic floor rehabilitation if you experience symptoms like:

  • Constipation
  • Urinary incontinence (involuntarily leaking urine)
  • Difficulty controlling your bowels or urine
  • Pain during sex (in women)
  • Erectile dysfunction (in men)

Almost everyone experiences urine leakage occasionally, but if your symptoms occur regularly, it’s crucial to seek professional help.

What factors increase the risk of pelvic floor dysfunction?

Several factors may increase your risk of pelvic floor dysfunction, including:

  • Undergoing pelvic surgery
  • Being 45 or older
  • Pregnancy
  • Being overweight
  • Overusing your pelvic muscles

You might also experience pelvic floor dysfunction if you suffer a pelvic injury.

How does pelvic floor rehabilitation work?

The team offers several types of pelvic floor rehabilitation at SW Physical Therapy. Depending on your age and symptoms, they might recommend:

Kegels

Kegels help strengthen your pelvic floor. Practicing Kegels several times a day can reduce pain during sex and better control urinary incontinence.

Trigger point therapy

During trigger point therapy, your SW Physical Therapy provider injects pain medication into tight knots of muscle called trigger points. The medication causes your muscles to relax, relieving pelvic pain and tension.

Electrical stimulation

Electrical stimulation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses low-frequency shockwaves to relieve pelvic pain and muscle spasms. It’s quick, pain-free, and provides lasting results.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback uses special imaging tools to monitor the contraction of your pelvic floor muscles. During pelvic floor rehabilitation, your provider performs biofeedback at each checkup to track your progress and make adjustments as necessary.

To see if you’re a candidate for pelvic floor rehabilitation, make an appointment at SW Physical Therapy by calling the office or booking online today.

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