Women's Health: Am I a Candidate?

Nearly half of all women will experience events in their lifetime (pregnancy and childbirth, weight gain, menopause, etc.) which will impact their pelvic health. And yet few of these women will seek out help for these issues out of embarrassment or the idea that no treatments exist.

For those "in the know," there is a world of professionals devoted to the treatment of female pelvic floor disorders. Many of these specialists include physical therapists, who are often capable of reducing urinary incontinence, unexplained pelvic or abdominal pain, and difficulties with sexual function.

If you, or someone you know, is dealing with any of these issues, rest assured that pelvic health problems are both incredibly common and highly-treatable.

The first step towards knowing whether or not you are a good candidate for this type of treatment is to learn some of the common symptoms associated with pelvic health-related diagnoses. These include:

  • Loss of urine during activity (e.g. sneezing, coughing, laughing, exercising)
  • Increased urination during the day and/or night (i.e. going to the bathroom more than 8 times in a 24-hour period)
  • Incomplete emptying (i.e. returning to the bathroom minutes after use) 
  • Urgency (i.e. intense, overwhelming sensation to go to the bathroom)
  • Changes in urination (e.g. slow or splaying stream, stop/go stream, straining to urinate, post-dribble)
  • Pain in the abdomen, pelvis, and/or lower back at rest or with activity such as exercise or intercourse
  • Heavy pressure/sensation in the pelvic area
  • Impaired bladder sensation-increased, decreased, absent (i.e. inability to determine when leakage occurs)

In general, all of these symptom are treatable through pelvic health physical therapy. So, no matter your age, there's no need to endure disorders like persistent incontinence or abdominal/pelvic pain.

If you are experiencing pelvic health related issues, you should speak with your primary care physician, urologist, or gynecologist for a referral. Once obtained, you may move forward with an individualized, private initial evaluation with a skilled physical therapist.

At Mettler, we understand that pelvic issues can have a major impact on your quality of life. Schedule a free consultation to get the conversation started and ask questions about the examination and rehabilitation process and possible treatment options.