PELVIC FLOOR PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM
We realize that pelvic floor disorders are best treated by a transdisciplinary team of specialists, and our pelvic floor physical therapists will work closely with your pelvic health specialist to ensure the best outcomes.
Northwestern Medicine’s pelvic floor physical therapists evaluate and treat symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, including urinary incontinence, urinary urgency-frequency, anal incontinence or accidental bowel leakage, functional bowel issues, pelvic organ prolapse, interstitial cystitis, pelvic pain, vulvodynia and sexual dysfunction.
Why Is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Important?
Pelvic floor disorders affect millions of women. These conditions may arise due to pregnancy, after childbirth, following surgery, as a result of other chronic medical problems, or just as part of the natural aging process. Whatever their cause, you do not have to live with the resulting discomfort or embarrassment.
Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction can cause a myriad of symptoms including increased urinary frequency, urinary incontinence, abdominal pain, pain with sexual activity, vulvar pain, difficulty with urination or defecation, pelvic or genital pain, bladder pain, pelvic organ prolapse, low back pain, pelvic joint and muscle dysfunction, and abdominal core weakness.
You can find the assistance, guidance, and compassionate care you need from the Northwestern Medicine Women’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program’s specialized physical therapists.
Common conditions that affect pelvic health include:
At the Northwestern Medicine Women's Integrated Pelvic Health Program, we understand pelvic health and can help to reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. Our physical therapists are specialized in pelvic health and will design an individualized rehabilitation program specifically for your needs.
Typical diagnoses treated by our pelvic health physical therapists include:
Physical Therapy Services
Our pelvic health physical therapists will perform a comprehensive evaluation, design a treatment program to decrease pain and discomfort, and provide education to improve your overall emotional and physical status. We will educate and instruct you in proper exercises to help bladder and bowel issues. Our evaluation and treatment will improve conditioning and decrease pain after childbirth or surgery. We will promote sexual function postpartum, after cancer treatment, post-surgery and/or post-menopause. Our services will help you decrease your symptoms and emotional stress and improve your pelvic health and overall quality of life.
Treatments for pelvic health disorders may include:
To Request an Appointment
If you're suffering from a pelvic floor disorder, you don't have to live with the symptoms. To learn about treatment options, call 312.694.7337 to schedule an appointment with one of our urogynecologists.
MEET OUR TEAM
Our transdisciplinary team works together to ensure that each patient receives a tailored and highly individualized plan of care.
OTHER NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT OPTIONS
Non-surgical treatments often are sufficient in improving function and decreasing symptoms of pelvic floor conditions.