We all have pelvic floor muscles, and most people experience dysfunction in this area at some point in their lives. If your pelvic floor isn’t functioning well, you may notice some of the symptoms listed below. If you have additional questions about whether you may benefit from pelvic physical therapy, give us a call. We’re here to listen and help you find the treatment you need.

Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic floor muscles are located in your pelvis and help support pelvic and abdominal organs, assist with urinary and bowel control, stabilize the pelvic joints, and help with proper sexual function. Dysfunction in the joints, muscles, or nerves around the pelvis can lead to pain and bladder or bowel impairments.

Pelvic floor conditions we treat:

Disorders of the urinary system:

  • Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome
  • Urinary frequency/urgency
  • Urinary incontinence

Disorders of the bowel:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Constipation/incomplete emptying
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fecal or gas incontinence

Sexual dysfunction (related to pelvic floor muscles):

  • Painful intercourse
  • Pain with ejaculation

Pelvic Pain/Muscular dysfunction:

  • Postoperative pelvic pain
  • Pelvic nerve dysfunction
  • Genital pain
  • Low back and hip pain
  • Tailbone pain
  • Prostatitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Painful periods
  • Vulvodynia
  • Vaginismus
  • Organ prolapse
  • Pre and post natal support

What to expect on your first visit at APT:

During your first pelvic floor physical therapy visit, you and your physical therapist will discuss your symptom history and possible contributing factors. Your physical therapist will thoroughly assess your pelvis, hips, and spine to determine possible orthopedic causes of your symptoms. This may be followed by an internal pelvic floor muscle exam in order to help gain an understanding about your ability to properly use your pelvic floor muscles, as well as determine possible causes of pain. Based on these results, your physical therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan to help you achieve your goals and improve your quality of life.

Treatments may include:

  • Education
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Internal and external soft tissue
  • mobilization
  • Pelvic floor biofeedback
  • Neural desensitization

Why choose Andersonville Physical Therapy?

Andersonville Physical Therapy has been offering one-on-one physical therapy services to our community for over 20 years. Our mission is to provide high-quality rehabilitation so you can get you back to doing the things you love. Through communication and education, we will provide you with the tools to understand your pain and the steps necessary to restore optimal alignment and function.

Illinois allows for direct access to physical therapy. Check first with your insurance to see if they require a referral for physical therapy.

We accept most major insurance plans, workers’ compensation, and Medicare.

Take the next steps

We are an experienced team ready to help you with pelvic floor muscle issues. Our one-on-one approach and private treatment rooms allow you to relax and concentrate on your rehabilitation.

If you already have a doctor’s referral for physical therapy, schedule an appointment or call our Chicago office at (773) 907-3599 during regular business hours.