In recent years doctors, celebrities, and basically everyone around town has been more and more open to health issues surrounding the pelvic floor, but it can still be tricky to get pelvic floor dysfunction diagnosed. If you're having pain during urination, sex, or just frequent urination you might be one of the many who suffer from PFD.
In recent conversations with women who had either just given birth or who were raising toddlers, or even teenagers, it became clear most of them were suffering from pelvic floor ailments and all of them were resigned to the idea that this was the way their life was now. What they didn’t realize is that there is an entire field in physical therapy dedicated to supporting and healing pelvic floor weakness. Imagine their further surprise when they heard that low back pain during pregnancy was also something a physical therapist could assist in healing as well! Turns out the Upper West Side is no stranger to mothers, and we’ve got the pelvic floor specialists and the facilities that are perfect for them!
Pelvic floor pain 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 pain syndrome might range from pain during sexual intercourse, rectal pain, leakage, incontinence, or constipation. Men might consider pelvic floor disorders if they experience consistent erectile dysfunction, testicular pain, bowel/bladder malfunction, or issues of the prostate. However, since pelvic floor pain 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.
Physical therapy is hard work, no matter what injury you're recovering from. Pelvic pt is no exception. In addition to being a lot of work, pelvic floor physical therapy is also incredibly vulnerable for the patient. If you know what to expect when you come in for your initial examination and subsequent therapy sessions it can be a lot easier, and prove to be the help you need to feel like yourself again.