What to Expect

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First Visit: Initial Evaluation

  • 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 (ROM), strength, and neurological screening.
  • Patient education on lifestyle and behavioral modifications, home exercise programs, and anatomy.
  • Internal pelvic exam is recommended, but optional. Before the internal exam you will be asked to give written consent. An internal pelvic exam may be performed on your first or subsequent visit. If you would prefer a third person in the room for your internal pelvic exam, please mention this to the receptionist when scheduling your appointments.

Subsequent Visits: Treatment

  • Answer any questions that you may have
  • Continued patient education
  • Strengthening or relaxing training of the pelvic floor muscles
  • Biofeedback
  • Manual therapy
  • Modalities like heat, ice, or electrical stimulation.
  • Internal exam as needed to obtain baseline and then track progress



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