At first thought it's easy to assume pelvic floor physical therapy is solely for women who have recently given birth and need some therapy to help guide the healing process. However, pelvic floor physical therapy is used to help men and women with a myriad of difficulties and pains they might be experiencing. Once you have a better understanding of the symptoms in pelvic floor dysfunction, you'll have an idea of whether or not pelvic floor physical therapy might be the right treatment for you.
Pelvic floor dysfunction can often manifest as referring pain, making it difficult to tell if the issue is with your pelvic muscles at all. For women the more obvious symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction might range from pain during sexual intercourse, rectal pain, leakage, incontinence, or constipation. Men might consider pelvic floor pt if they experience consistent erectile dysfunction, testicular pain, bowel/bladder malfunction, or issues of the prostate. However, since pelvic floor dysfunction can manifest as referring pain it is also important to pay attention to radiating low back, thigh, abdominal, and pelvic pain as this might be occurring due to issues with the pelvic floor.
Pelvic floor dysfunction can also often take time to diagnose since the treatment of the pelvic floor with physical therapy is a relatively cutting edge practice. Not all medical practitioners are trained to evaluate the connective tissue, joints, and dysfunctional muscles as the cause of these larger symptoms. If you think you might have pelvic floor problems, call our physical therapy studio where we have highly trained pelvic floor physical therapists on staff who can help you explore all your possible treatment plans.
Remember pelvic floor dysfunction can affect anyone of any age and the pain can often refer to other regions of the body. Men and women, can both benefit from pelvic floor pt for more obvious symptoms to even pain in the lower back, abdomen, and hips. If you're living with pain that feels like it might be a pelvic floor issue that isn't being diagnosed, then it is definitely worth seeking out a qualified pelvic floor pt for a consultation.