Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation aims to improve the strength and function of the pelvic floor muscles. A group of muscles creates the pelvic floor by extending from the pubic bone the tailbone. These muscles help support the bladder and rectum, help control urine and stool, and maintain sexual function.
With your physician's referral you will be assessed and examined by a licensed Physical Therapist with additional training treating pelvic floor disorders. All our treatments are done in a very private setting. During your first visit you will be examined by a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist externally and possibly internally to assess your condition, the session may also include patient education to address urinary/bowel dysfunction and pain, as well as provide insight into the role of pelvic rehab and your plan of care.
The Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation team
- Courtney Foley, PT, DPT
- Julie Janes, PT, DPT
- Kristen Grandstaff PT, DPT
- Lauren Shaub, PT, DPT, CSCS
- Nancy Branberg, PT
- Pany Nazari, Senior PT, BCB-PMD
- Vaishali Sikotra, MPT
CLICK HERE to meet the Pelvic Floor Disorders team of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Virginia Hospital Center.
Common Diagnoses seen by the Pelvic Floor Disorders team
- Diastasis Recti
- Levator Ani Syndrom
- Painful Episiotomy
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Post Hysterectomy
- Post Prostatectomy Incontinence
- Pregnancy-related Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Pre/Post Bladder Suspensions
- Pre/Post Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repair
- Pubic Symphasis
- Sacro-iliac Joint Dysfunction
Special Care Services or Equipment
- Biofeedback (surface EMG)
Utilizes external or internal sensors to assess the muscle activity. It is based on the principal of using visual and/or auditory information to train muscles to gain optimal level of function.
- Real-time Ultrasound
Used to provide feedback to the patient and physical therapist to improve activation of specific muscles to gain optimal conditioning of core musculature. The advantage of the Real Time Ultrasound is that it can be used as the patient performs different activities in order to avoid abnormal muscle patterns.