Pelvic Rehabilitation

Pain and other disorders of the pelvis can be embarrassing and socially isolating for women, men, and children.  Fortunately, we offer compassionate and highly specialized treatment in quiet, private rooms, to help you regain the life you want to live.  We use specialized physical therapy techniques to assess and treat disorders of the pelvis—especially pelvic pain, bowel/bladder dysfunction, and sexual dysfunction. Specifically, we look at the muscles of the pelvic girdle to determine if they are weak, tight, painful, in spasm, and have proper coordination.

Treatment is highly specific to each patient but may include pelvic floor relaxation and/or strengthening exercises, core muscle & breathing coordination exercises, manual techniques for trigger points or myofascial restrictions, behavioral training on toilet habits/hygiene/hydration, coordination training of the pelvic floor and pelvic girdle musculature, internal or external biofeedback/e-stim, and occasional use of modalities for pain control. Specifically, pediatric pelvic floor PT with biofeedback can retrain the pelvic floor muscles to contract, relax, and bulge or “push” —techniques that are necessary to have normal bowel and bladder functioning with no accidents!

Our physical therapist, Amanda Moe specifically treats women, men, and children with disorders of the pelvis and pelvic girdle. Amanda earned her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) to distinguish herself as a highly qualified and specialized practitioner in the field of pelvic health in 2015. Amanda has experience treating the following:


ADULT CONDITIONS

Abdominal or Groin Pain – pain experienced in any portion of the abdominal region or groin/inner thigh region

Anorectal Pain – pain experienced in any portion anus or rectum present in both males and females

Coccydynia – pain in the tailbone

Constipation difficulty in emptying or reduced bowel movements

Dyspareunia – painful and oftentimes difficult intercourse

Dyssynergic Defecation or Paradoxical Contraction – (previously known as anismus)- improper coordination of pelvic floor during defecation

Endometriosis – painful condition where normal endometrial tissue or lesions are found outside the uterus

Fecal Incontinence – involuntary stool leakage

Levator Ani Syndrome – pain or discomfort in the region of the rectum, sacrum, or tailbone which can be associated or aggravated by sitting

Incomplete Bladder Emptying – urinary retention due to obstruction or impaired bladder functioning

Interstitial Cystitis – condition where there is inflammation or irritation of bladder wall often associated with pain or urinary symptoms

Overactive Bladder – urinary urgency and frequency that can be associated with incontinence

Pelvic or Genital Pain – pain experienced in any portion of the pelvic region or genital region in both males and females

Pelvic Organ Prolapse – occurs when a pelvic organ drops from its normal position and either pushes into the wall of the vagina or protrudes towards the exterior of the body (includes cystocele or bladder prolapse, rectocele or posterior vaginal wall prolapse, uterine prolapse, urethrocele or urethral prolapse, and rectal prolapse)

Post-surgical pain/scarring – painful scar or fascia as a result of surgeries such as C-section, abdominoplasty, prolapse surgery, hernia repair, and prostatectomy to name a few

Pregnancy & Post-Partum Pain or Dysfunction – wide variety of conditions present during or after pregnancy (examples listed below):

  • Diastasis Recti (Abdominal Separation) – separation between the two sides of the rectus abdominus muscle
  • Pubic Symphysis Pain or Dysfunction – a condition that causes pain or discomfort at the pubic symphysis region often associated with excessive movement or instability
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain or Dysfunction – pain or discomfort in the joint between the sacrum and ilium often times associated with hyper- or hypo- mobility and myofascial contributions
  • Low Back Pain – pain in the lower back region associated with pregnancy-related changes of the body (laxity, postural, or myofascial contributions)
  • Sciatica – pain or discomfort associated with the sciatic nerve (spanning from lower back down towards the feet) often associated with pregnancy-related changes of the body

Prostatitis – a chronic pelvic pain syndrome present in the pelvic region, penis, or testicles

Pudendal Neuralgia – pain or discomfort in the pudendal nerve region (perineum, rectum, and/or clitoris/penis)

Sexual Dysfunction – difficulty during any portion of normal sexual activity (such as desire, arousal, or orgasm)

Vaginismus – spasms and contraction of the pelvic floor muscles present with entry or penetration of the vagina, often associated with pain

Vulvodynia – pain, burning, itching, or discomfort in the vulvar region (around the opening of the vagina) often with no identifiable cause

 Urinary Incontinence – involuntary urinary leakage (includes urge, stress, and mixed incontinence)


PEDIATRIC CONDITIONS

Abdominal or Groin Pain – pain experienced in any portion of the abdominal region or groin/inner thigh region

Coccydynia – pain in the tailbone

Constipation – difficulty in emptying or reduced bowel movements

Dyssynergic Defecation (previously known as anismus) – improper coordination of pelvic floor during defecation

Encopresis – involuntary loss of stool typically with stool impaction

Enuresis – daytime urinary leakage

Fecal Incontinence – involuntary stool leakage

Hirschsprung Disease – condition affecting the colon resulting in problems passing stool

Incomplete Bladder Emptying – urinary retention due to obstruction or impaired bladder functioning

Imperforate Anus – an anorectal malformation present at birth

Nocturnal Enuresis – night-time urinary leakage

Urinary Incontinence – involuntary urinary leakage

 

Amanda is available for daytime and evening appointments. Please contact us for scheduling at 412.206.9202 or entering your contact info in the form to the right.