What is pelvic physical therapy?
Pelvic physical therapy is a specialization within physical therapy that addresses musculoskeletal dysfunction of the muscles of the pelvic floor as well as the muscles stabilizing the hips and core. Dysfunction in these muscles can lead to urinary or fecal incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain (including pain with sexual activity), difficulty reaching orgasm and even erectile dysfunction.
Who can benefit from pelvic physical therapy?
Men, women and children can all benefit from pelvic physical therapy. Some common diagnoses include:
- Children with constipation, bed wetting, soiling of urine/feces during the day.
- Women with pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, prolapse and post-partum.
- Men with pelvic pain (including testicular and penile pain), erectile dysfunction, and urinary incontinence post-prostatectomy.
Who can practice as a pelvic physical therapist?
A physical therapist who completes post-graduate advanced education on the evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. These physical therapists often have additional post-graduate education on other systems including orthopedic, gastrointestinal, pediatric, reproduction/sexual health and are experts in treating musculoskeletal conditions of the pelvis.