- Do you have difficulty holding urine, have pain during urination, or need to urinate a few times during the night?
- Do you have pain during or after intercourse?
- Do you have difficulties attaining or sustaining an erection?
- Are you experiencing pain in the genitals, groin, rectum, pubic bone, or tailbone?
- Do you suffer from an excess gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea?
- Do you have a problem holding your bowel?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you should know that in many cases your problem can be treated with Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy.
Pelvic floor is a term we use to describe the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue from the pubic bone to tail bone that support bowel, bladder, intestines, genitals, and rectum. It plays a very important role in making these organs function properly. Because the muscles of the pelvic floor are controlled by nerves, any medical condition or injury that impacts the health of nerves (including diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, back surgery, spinal stenosis, or trauma) can result in weakness or decreased control of the pelvic floor muscles.
Our men's health physical therapists, Alison Hovey, DPT and Bella Kavalerchik, PT, are highly specialized in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and devoted to providing one-to-one care and a customized treatment program for your condition.
Treatment may include manual therapy, specific exercises to relax, stretch, or strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, biofeedback, electrical stimulation, and laser therapy.
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is an effective treatment for:
Pelvic Floor Pain and Dysfunction
- Groin and Pelvic Pain
- Anal and/or Rectal Pain
- Penile/Scrotal/Perineal Pain
- Coccydynia (tail bone pain)
- Pudendal Neuralgia (stabbing and/or burning nerve pain in genitals, sit bones, and/or anus)
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Erectile Dysfunction of Musculoskeletal Origin
- Pain with Erection and/or Ejaculation
- Priapism (unwanted, often painful persistent erection not caused by sexual stimulation or arousal)
Urological and Gastrointestinal Disorders of Musculoskeletal Origin:
- Urinary Incontinence (stress, urge, or mixed)
- Urinary Retention (not fully emptying the bladder)
- Urinary Hesitancy (“stop and go” stream)
- Overactive Bladder (constant strong urge to urinate)
- Weak Urinary Stream
- Prostatitis (non-bacterial)
- Post prostatectomy issues
- Fecal Incontinence
- Pain with Defecation
- Excessive Gas, Abdominal Bloating
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Abdominal Pain and/or Adhesions