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By Kellie Dushner PT, DPT

“It’s normal to leak a little bit as you get older or after having a baby.”

“Well of course your back hurts, you’re pregnant!”

“Sex may feel painful at times, but you will get used to it.”

Have you or someone you know been told something similar to this? Pelvic floor dysfunction is very common in men, women, and children. Sadly, some feel ashamed or embarrassed about their incontinence or pelvic pain and have not sought treatment for years.  

Over the years, more research has been done in the growing field of Physical Therapy as it relates to pelvic floor dysfunction and how it can help a variety of symptoms. Pelvic floor PTs perform both external and internal assessments of the pelvic floor to address key muscle restrictions or imbalances which may have been overlooked in the past. Whether you have experienced pelvic dysfunction for 30 days or 30 years, pelvic PT may be just what you need. Below are a list of common diagnoses that are treated by pelvic floor physical therapists:

 

Women

Urinary and/or fecal incontinence

Pelvic organ prolapse

Constipation

Dyspareunia (pain with penetration)

Diastasis recti

Pregnancy/postpartum related pain

Painful bladder (Interstitial cystitis)

Coccydynia (tailbone pain)

Chronic pelvic pain

Men

Urinary and/or fecal incontinence

Erectile dysfunction

Constipation

Prostatitis

Post prostatectomy

Chronic pelvic pain

Children:

Enuresis (bedwetting)

Daytime accidents

Constipation

Voiding dysfunctions

At Atlanta PT, we have four physical therapists who have completed advanced course work in treating a variety of pelvic floor disorders in men, women, and children. Our goal as physical therapists is to help retrain and heal the body through a variety of hands-on techniques, the most up to date evidence-based treatment, and  individualized treatment plans.

If you are experiencing any of the above conditions, contact your healthcare provider or local pelvic floor physical therapist. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions.

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