As part of our comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and care of pelvic floor disorders (PFD), we offer pelvic floor physical therapy as a non-surgical treatment option to help address pain, weakness, or dysfunction in the pelvic floor muscles. At Memorial Hermann, our experienced physical therapists aim to restore your pelvic health, and can provide treatment for common conditions such as:
No referral is required to schedule an initial evaluation. Your physical therapist will determine if you are a candidate for physical therapy, and will provide a plan of care designed to meet your goals.
Urinary incontinence is a condition experienced by thousands of women. There are two major types — stress incontinence and urge incontinence — and some women may have a combination of the two. To treat this, the therapist may begin by having the patient keep a “bladder diary” for about a week, writing down how often she went to the toilet as well as any accidents and what triggered them. Therapists will use exercises and bladder retraining techniques to help reach specific goals and reduce accidents. The therapist will work with each patient to establish specific goals for the number of times and amount of urine to be voided throughout the day and night, based on the patient’s age and specific condition.
Bladder retraining is based on the notion that the patient can control her bladder rather than the other way around.
In urge control training, the patient may be instructed to:
Pelvic floor muscle exercises, known as Kegel exercises, are easy to do and can be done lying down, standing or sitting, without anyone else noticing. Many women do Kegels before, during and after pregnancy to strengthen the muscles that support the bladder.
Biofeedback techniques may assist in the use of Kegel exercises to strengthen affected muscles. Sensors are placed outside or within the vagina to monitor muscle activity and provide the patient with visual or auditory feedback to guide her efforts.
The therapist will work with each patient to establish specific goals for the number of times and amount of urine to be voided throughout the day and night, based on the patient’s age and specific condition.
If you’re interested in finding relief through physical or occupational therapy, the licensed therapists at Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation are here to help. Request an initial evaluation appointment with one of our physical or occupational therapists by filling out the form on this below or calling call (713) 521-0020 or 1-888-301-8477.