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Most of us have health questions we are reluctant to ask our doctor about. Maybe it feels too personal. Maybe it seems embarrassing. Maybe you think your problem is just a nuisance that comes with being a woman. But when it comes to your health and wellness — no question should be off-limits.
Physical therapy and exercise are noninvasive, non-surgical ways to relieve pain and promote a normal, active life. Pelvic Rehabilitation can help individuals of any age who are experiencing symptoms such as:
- An unexpected, urgent need to urinate
- Bladder pain
- Bowel incontinence
- Urinary incontinence
- Cancer-related fatigue
- The need to urinate frequently
- Leaking urine when you cough, laugh, lift, strain, or else do anything else—it seems like.
- Leaking urine while asleep
- A week urine stream
- Pain during or after sexual intercourse
- Frequent bowel movements
- Pain in your lower back which can’t be explained by other causes
- Persistent pain in genitals, pelvic region, or rectum
Cancer treatment changes your body. Whether you are ready to celebrate being cancer-free or you’re undergoing treatment, you may also be dealing with uncomfortable side effects. This could be anything from joint stiffness, swelling in your upper or lower body or muscle weakness. Our physical therapists will work with you one-on-one to help you get your strength back.
There are different types of urinary incontinence. Whichever the type, you might have a sudden intense compulsion to urinate several time—day and night. You might experience urinary leaking that occurs with an increase in abdominal pressure, such as coughing, sneezing, lifting or jumping. Either way, we can help.
Pregnancy and Postpartum
Don’t expect pain just because you’re expecting. Changes in your body’s mechanical structure during pregnancy and childbirth can cause throbbing pain in the back, pelvis or hips. We’ve helped moms across Southern Illinois deal with this discomfort and we’re ready to help you, too.
Prostate Cancer and Surgery
Men may have prostate surgery for cancer of the prostate or due to BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia.) With the removal of the prostate the bladder loses the support which helps men stay continent and after surgery, men normally have a catheter in place for a few weeks. This can lead to urinary incontinent symptoms in some men. But these symptoms can be addressed with a pelvic floor rehabilitation program.
Pelvic Health Rehabilitation
You may be evaluated by a Physical Therapist who specializes in pelvic floor dysfunction. The evaluation consists of a history of your symptoms and a musculoskeletal assessment of your trunk, abdominal core, hip function and pelvic floor function. There are then different treatments a Physical Therapist can perform to help you.