Women's Health: Am I a Candidate?

Let's get real…

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 highly-treatable with physical therapy.

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:

Am I a candidate?

  • Pain in the abdomen, pelvis, and/or lower back at rest or with activity such as exercise or intercourse
  • Heavy pressure/dropping sensation in the pelvic area
  • Diastasis Recti (separation of abdominal muscles)
  • Painful scars following surgical procedures (i.e. hysterectomies, vaginal/cesarean deliveries)
  • 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)
  • Avoidance of activities that worsen symptoms

Mettler Center has physical therapy services dedicated to pelvic floor health. We treat women and men of all ages with pelvic-related problems including urinary incontinence, unexplained pelvic/abdominal pain, and difficulties with sexual function.

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.