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Pelvic Floor Therapy

Pelvic Floor Therapy

Some of the conditions that fall under the umbrella of pelvic floor conditions are:

  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Stress Incontinence
  • Post Partum Problems
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Vulvodynia
  • Painful Bladder Syndrome,
  • Prolapse of Pelvic Organs 

Signs and symptoms of pelvic floor issues could include but are not limited to:

  • Leaking of urine with sudden increased of abdominal pressure such as coughing, sneezing, running and/or jumping
  • Urgency to urinate that may or may not be followed by the sudden uncontrollable loss of urine
  • Urinating greater than seven times a day
  • Being unable to control and suppress the urge to urinate for 3-4 hours
  • Waking up in the middle of the night several times to urinate
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Coccyx pain
  • Feeling of heaviness in the pelvis
  • Chronic or recurring rectal pain
  • Pain after urinating
  • Burning/stinging/irritation of the perineum and many other signs/symptoms
  • Pudendal Nerve Dysfunction
  • Male Pelvic Pain
  • Male Post-Prostatectomy
  • Pre-natal pain                                                                                                   

There is an appropriate role of physical therapy in the treatment of these conditions to help patients who are dealing with this intimate and private matter. Physical Therapy uses exercise of the Pelvic Floor and its accessory muscles, biofeedback, pelvic floor contraction (Kegel) up training/down training/coordination training, E-stim, manual therapeutic techniques, behavioral modification and extensive patient education to treat people with these conditions with. Finding a therapist who specializes and who has had advanced training in this area is difficult. St. Mary is proud to offer this program.

Patients need a prescription from their physician, a pelvic exam (as appropriate and able to tolerate) and urine analysis completed prior to coming in for the evaluation with the therapists. Some supplies required for proper treatment need to be purchased by the patient prior to starting treatment. The therapist will guide and direct the patient regarding the purchase of those items.

To schedule an appointment or for additional information/questions please call 215-710-2223. You may also contact Cmalinowski@stmaryhealthcare.org

Please click here to download and print Patient History form for our Pelvic Floor Therapy program

Please click on the brochure below to learn more about Pelvic Floor Therapy at St. Mary.

Pelvic Floor Therapy Brochure