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Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Please consult with your physician and call Virginia Hospital Center Rehabilitation Department 703.558.6507 with any questions.
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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.

Imbalance of the pelvic floor muscles may cause a variety of pelvic floor disorders that can be addressed by physical therapy. Rehabilitation is based on evidence based practice and tailored to meet each individual's needs.

Virginia Hospital Center's physical therapists have additional training in treating different diagnoses related to the pelvic floor, gastrointestinal system and other musculoskeletal structures.

Equipment that may be used as part of your treatment includes: Biofeedback and Real Time Ultrasound.

Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation may be an option for you, if you suffer from any of the following diagnosis:

Common Diagnoses seen by the Pelvic Floor Disorders Team

  • Anismus
  • Constipation
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Dyspareunia
  • Incontinence
    • Fecal
    • Mixed
    • Stress
    • Urinary
  • 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
  • Vulvodynia
  • and more

Special Care Services

With your physician's referral you will be assessed and examined by a licensed Physical Therapist. 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. After the first visit the following treatments may be included in your plan of care:

  • Manual Treatment: joint re-alignment; soft tissue mobilization and other techniques
  • Postural Re-education
  • Therapeutic Exercises: for the pelvic floor and core muscles
  • Bladder Re-training: use of behavioral techniques to decrease urgency and frequency
  • SEMG/Biofeedback and Real-time Ultrasound: for muscle re-education
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  • 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.

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