Endometriosis is most commonly characterized by painful periods, intercourse pain, pain with bowel movements, urination pain, infertility, and/or diarrhea during periods. Endometriosis refers to a condition where the tissue that lines your uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of your uterus. You may have endometriosis or suspect you might.
Pelvic floor physical therapy is a great option to manage your symptoms. Your pelvic floor physical therapy therapist will help you reduce adhesions, and scar tissue and limit your movement. This can often cause pain with intercourse and the use of a tampon. To help you continue your progress, they will set you up with a stretching or exercise program.
Interstitial Cystitis, also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS), is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the deep and muscular bladder layers. It can cause bladder frequency, urgency, and/or pain.
Over time, if there is chronic inflammation in the bladder, this can cause damage to the surrounding muscles and fascial tissues. Inflammation in the muscles and fascia can cause symptoms that may seem to originate from the bladder.
Physical therapy can be used to release constrictions in the fascia and activate trigger points in the pelvis, hip, pelvis, and pelvic floor muscles. Painful Bladder Syndrome symptoms can be relieved by releasing and rebalancing tissue and muscles.
Like other peripheral nerves, the pudendal is how your brain “connects with” the muscles and tissues in your body. It sends and receives messages from the brain to the body such as movement and sensation. Nerves can become irritated, compressed, or irritated. This “message chain”, which is responsible for sending and receiving messages between the brain and body, can cause problems. You might feel pain, numbness, or tingling. By guiding you in the restoration of the structures that contribute to your pudendal neuralgia, pelvic floor physical therapy can help.
Vulvodynia, which literally means “symptom”, refers to pain (dynia), in the vulvar area (vulvo). It refers to the discomfort and chronic pain experienced in the vulvar area. We are specialized in manual therapy and have extensive training in treating chronic pelvic dysfunction.
SI Joint Dysfunction
Sacroiliac dysfunction (SIJ), a lower back/pelvic condition, can be caused by joint stiffness (hypomobility), or slackness(hypermobility), at the sacroiliac bones in the pelvis. This condition can affect men and women of any age, but it is more common in females. Patients suffering from SI joint pain may find pelvic floor therapy very helpful. Your physical therapist will evaluate your SI joint dysfunction to determine the extent of your pain. These findings will determine the treatment plan for you.
Other issues we can provide treatment for include:
- Painful Periods
- Tailbone Pain
- Chronic or Acute Hip/Low Back Pain
- Pain with Intercourse/Exam
Low Back Pain
Your pelvis and tailbone are supported by muscles that include your back muscles, stomach muscles and glutes, and a small group of muscles located at the base called your pelvic floor. If you are not getting these checked out you are missing an important piece of the puzzle to your low back pain.
We’ve known for a long time that low back pain and the pelvic floor are closely related. Many of our patients notice sciatica and other low back symptoms but they don’t realize that it could be due to their pelvic floor until they have their initial evaluation. To provide sustained relief from lower back pain, it is important to examine both the pelvic floor as well as the lower back.
A pelvic floor specialist might be able to help you if you have hip pain as the muscles of your hip are directly connected to your pelvic floor. Your hip muscles, pelvic floor muscles and core muscles must all work together to allow your body to move efficiently. Each muscle group should be strong and flexible. Your body could rely on the other muscles for stability or movement, eventually causing more pain or dysfunction.
To determine if the primary cause of hip pain is in one of these areas, a pelvic physical therapist will perform an internal assessment. An individualized plan can restore mobility, stability, function, and functionality of the pelvic floor and other hip muscles. You can return to the activities that you love by correcting any underlying muscle imbalances.
Tailbone pain, also call Coccydynia, can be treated by our expert pelvic floor therapists. Coccydynia is the pain from the small bone just above your anus at the end of your spine. It can be quite painful! This is a common problem that we treat all the time. Coccydynia can affect women of all ages and we can help them get the correct pelvic floor PT treatment to resolve their pain. Don’t let your tailbone pain get you down. Let’s make you feel better! Schedule your appointment today.
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