What to Expect

Patient with provider.

First Visit

  • You will be instructed to arrive before your scheduled appointment time to complete any necessary paperwork.
  • Be prepared to answer questions regarding how and when your problem started, what makes it better or worse, how your problem is affecting your daily life, etc.
  • Common measurements performed by the physical therapist include observation, palpation, range of motion, strength and neurological screening.
  • You will receive patient education on normal bladder/bowel function, lifestyle and behavioral modifications, home exercise program and anatomy.
  • External and internal pelvic exams may be recommended, but are optional. Before the exam you will be asked to give written consent. An internal pelvic exam may be performed on your first or subsequent visits.  
    • A visual external exam may be completed on pediatric patients to observe anatomy and pelvic floor coordination. 

Subsequent Visits

Treatment may include:

  • Continued education
  • Strength or relaxation training of the pelvic floor muscles
  • Biofeedback
  • Manual therapy
  • Modalities including heat, ice or electrical stimulation
  • Pelvic external/internal exam as needed to obtain baseline and track progress

 

 

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