Do you use the toilet eight or more times a day? Notice urine leaking when you cough, lift a heavy object or exercise? Have pain with urination, bowel movements, intercourse or prolonged sitting? Then it’s possible you may have a dysfunction in the pelvic region that involves your pelvic “floor” muscles—the ones that extend from the pubic bone to the tailbone to support the contents of the abdominal and pelvic areas.
A patient works with a physical therapist to address her pelvic floor issues.
Physical therapy can help to rehabilitate the pelvic floor muscles for women and men suffering from the most common types of urinary incontinence:
- stress incontinence—the leaking of urine triggered by simple actions like sneezing or laughing
- urge incontinence—the loss of urine usually proceeded by a strong and sudden urge to go as quickly as possible.
Physical therapy can also improve symptoms for patients struggling with loss of bowel control (fecal incontinence) or pelvic pain
NorthShore’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services team features physical therapists that specialize in pelvic floor dysfunction. Working with referring physicians, our pelvic floor experts design treatment plans and home exercise programs that focus on muscle strengthening and control. Therapy may include biofeedback training, soft tissue massage, ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) or electrical stimulation to decrease pain as needed.
For more information, call 847.570.4792.