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​Denver Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor Isn't Just for Women

November 23, 2016

Women “of a certain age” and those who are in later term pregnancies or who have recently given birth know the inconvenience of pelvic floor dysfunction. Causes of incontinence and pelvic pain can range from an overactive bladder to constipation to prolapse of a pelvic organ to disease and so on. Specialized physical therapy in Denver can help those suffering from pelvic pain manage their health by designing a program that will enable them to eliminate pain and function normally.

Beyond Basics Physical Therapy in New York states, “One out of every 5 Americans (of every age) suffer from some type of pelvic floor dysfunction at some time in their life.” They emphasize that it’s not just a problem for women, but men and children can suffer from it too. They identify pelvic floor dysfunction as a general description covering an array of problems resulting from weak, tight, or impaired muscles in the pelvic floor, sacroiliac joint, lower back, coccyx, and/or hip joint. Causes can range from poor posture to infection to trauma and may be difficult to accurately diagnose.

Because pelvic pain arises from a multitude of causes, it is not necessarily true that pelvic pain is symptomatic of one cause at at time. The pelvic area can be unexpectedly complex and more the one problem can contribute to the patient’s symptoms. Sher-Pelvic Health and Healing in Florida states that, “Pelvic physical therapists are musculoskeletal experts in the areas associated with the pelvis (sacrum, sacroiliac joints, coccyx), including vulvar and vaginal, penile and scrotum, colorectal regions.”  

Many patients see multiple doctors for pelvic pain, specialists in gynecology, colorectal, gastroenterology, etc. who focus on a specific system within the pelvic area. Patients are not aware that a whole specialization in pelvic physical therapy exists. Pelvic Guru Jessica Powley, PT, DPT, WCS, estimates that 90 percent of the patients she sees have never heard of pelvic physical therapy. Ignorance leads to misconceptions about pelvic physical therapy: namely that it’s for women only and that the extent of the therapy is Kegel exercises. Pelvic Guru asks, “[D]o you think I would need a doctoral degree, 100+ hours of additional continuing education and a board specialization to teach a person Kegel exercises?” 

A pelvic health therapist focuses on the entire pelvic area. Not only is pelvic physical therapy unknown to many patients, but it’s unfamiliar to many entering the physical therapy field. People pursuing doctoral studies express surprise when they discover that specialization in pelvic physical therapy even exists. Read more about the 10 most common misconceptions about pelvic physical therapy.

The experienced physical therapists at Cherry Creek Wellness Center can help you assess the general function of the pelvic floor, the physical therapist will perform both an internal and external examination, which may feel invasive but you will be completely comfortable. We respect your privacy and dignity and have designed a program to eliminate pelvic dysfunction and pain. With five locations in the greater Denver area, we’re convenient for you. Contact us today at 303- 333-3493 to schedule an appointment!