Our highly-credentialed team at Pelvic & Orthopedic Physical Therapy Specialists focuses on the needs of men and women with pelvic and orthopedic conditions. From our decades of experience, we understand how these conditions can greatly impact your quality of life, and that’s why we treat you with sensitivity and compassion. We also know that if we combine our expertise with your efforts in the right treatment plan, you can resume your normal activity sooner. To further accelerate your recovery, we also offer support therapies, such as massage and individualized exercise instruction. We hope to welcome you very soon.
Our Patient Care Philosophy
- Our philosophy of compassionate, individualized treatment plans in a calm and comfortable environment
- Our physical therapists have extensive specialized training in orthopedic and pelvic disorders for men and women
- Our one-on-one treatment sessions in a private treatment room with your licensed experienced physical therapist that will ensure the best result.
Our Practice Area Specializations:
- Incontinence – Urinary & Fecal
- Pre & Post Natal
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Pelvic Pain
- Pudendal Neuropathy
- Pain Post-abdominal Surgery
- Athletic Injuries
- Orthopedic Conditions
- Post Mastectomy Restrictions
- Postural Dysfunction
- Worker’s Compensation Injuries
Constipation is defined as infrequent bowel movements or hard to pass stool. As many as 50% of people with chronic constipation have dysfunction with the pelvic floor. The dysfunction can include difficulty relaxing the pelvic muscles in order for stool to pass and/or difficulty coordinating the relaxation of the pelvic muscles with the use of the abdominal muscles to help evacuate stool. It is not uncommon that coordinating evacuation of stool is difficult for people if they have used laxatives or have suffered from constipation for an extended period of time.
Other signs and symptoms that can fall under the constipation diagnosis are:
- Hard or thin stools
- Straining to empty bowels
- Feelings of incomplete emptying of bowel
- Abdominal pain
- Increased time between bowel movements
When mechanical, anatomic and disease related causes of constipation have been ruled out, evaluation by a pelvic health physical therapist can be performed to see if pelvic floor dysfunction is contributing to constipation.
If pelvic muscle dysfunction is found to be contributing, physical therapy may include but is not limited to:
- Education on how to coordinate abdominal and pelvic muscles during defication
- Bowel massage techniques
- Digital examination of the pelvic floor muscles
- Biofeedback to retrain pelvic floor muscles
- Diet instruction
- Stretches and breathing techniques to help relax muscles of the pelvic floor and pelvic girdle