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Pelvic Floor Therapy

Physical therapy for pelvic floor dysfunction

All of the muscles that attach to the pelvic and thigh bones make up the pelvic floor. When these muscles and associated nerves don’t function properly, it can affect your daily life. At St. Luke’s, we treat patients with pelvic floor dysfunctions, which include pain and disruption of the bladder, bowel and/or sexual function due to restrictions of the muscles and nerves of the pelvis. Through pelvic floor therapy, our goal is to minimize side effects and help you have the best quality of life possible.

Who facilitates pelvic floor therapy?
Our team of physical and occupational therapists treats patients with pelvic floor dysfunctions through education, manual therapy, biofeedback, and neuromuscular stimulation as well as internal and external palpations and treatment.

Can pelvic floor therapy help me?
If you are experiencing any of the following, pelvic floor therapy may be beneficial to you:

  • Stress incontinence: The loss of urinary control with physical activity
  • Urge incontinence: A strong urge to urinate that is uncontrollable
  • Frequency: The need to go to the bathroom often
  • Nocturia: The need to go to the bathroom too often at night
  • Sexual dysfunctions: Painful intercourse, vaginismus, vestibular pain, erectile dysfunction, testicular and penile pain/numbness
  • Bowel disorders: Constipation, incontinence, straining and rectal pain
  • Prolapse: Cystocele, rectocele and uterine

Pelvic floor therapy can also help bladder problems associated with:

  • Pre- and post-pregnancy
  • Colon surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Pelvic trauma
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Being an elite athlete

Referral required for this service. If you need one, talk to your primary care provider.

To establish care with a St. Luke’s primary care provider, call 218.249.4000 or find a clinic near you.

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