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Pelvic Rehabilitation & Urinary Incontinence

Improve the Quality of Life 

We understand that pelvic floor pain and weakness, urinary incontinence or an overactive bladder can alter your emotional state, limit activity and affect day-to-day life. If your lifestyle and routine have been disrupted by these conditions, our pelvic rehabilitation program can help you.

What is pelvic rehabilitation?

Pelvic rehabilitation is a specialty within physical therapy that incorporates specific principles and interventions to help treat various conditions of the pelvis, including functional disorders of the urogynecological and colorectal systems.

Studies support pelvic rehabilitation as a conservative therapy to decrease the symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction and improve quality of life. Treatments can include exercise, biofeedback to evaluate and retrain the muscles of the pelvic floor, lifestyle changes and patient education.

Our physical therapists have extensive specialty training and certifications within the field of pelvic rehabilitation, and can treat men, women and children of all ages.

The ultimate result of treatment is an overall improvement in your confidence, mind-body awareness and quality of life.

Evidence-Based Treatment

Studies have shown pelvic rehabilitation can:

  • Improve pelvic floor muscle strength and sexual function with decreased urinary incontinence in women.
  • Decrease incontinence in female athletes.
  • Improve pelvic floor muscle coordination with decreased constipation.
  • Decrease pad usage after prostatectomy in men.

Uses for Pelvic Floor Therapy

The major uses for pelvic floor/incontinence therapy are:

  • Urological: Urinary incontinence (urge, stress, mixed), overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis/painful bladder, urinary retention and bladder prolapse.
  • Gynecological/Obstetrics: Pelvic floor muscle weakness, pelvic pain/levator ani syndrome, vaginismus, coccygodynia, pregnancy/postpartum birth, post hysterectomy and uterine/vaginal vault prolapse.
  • Gastrointestinal: Constipation/irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional abdominal pain.
  • Orthopedic: Lumbar dysfunction/pain, sacroiliac dysfunction, sciatica, iliotibial band (ITB) and piriformis syndromes.
  • Proctological: Fecal incontinence, post prostatectomy and rectal prolapse.

You should not seek pelvic floor therapy if you have an active urinary, pelvic or gastrointestinal infection. To learn more, visit our pelvic floor therapy page.

What to Expect

With a physician’s referral, your treatment plan will begin with an initial examination to get your history, review symptoms, check mobility and strength, and determine if any other tests may be needed to screen for spine and extremity dysfunctions.

An internal vaginal or rectal muscle exam will be performed to check for areas of restriction, over-activity or weakness of the pelvic floor muscles.

Our physical therapists, many of whom specialize in women’s and men’s health, have diverse clinical experience and training that makes them uniquely qualified to determine which course is appropriate for your specific situation.

Pelvic floor therapy can include individual exercise, yoga, biofeedback, lifestyle changes, home exercise routines and patient education.

Further treatment may involve biofeedback to evaluate and help retrain pelvic floor muscles. Some insurance plans allow biofeedback to be used immediately; others allow it if a one-month trial of home exercises proves unsuccessful.

Locations

Community Healthcare System has two convenient locations for pelvic rehabilitation:

St. Catherine Hospital Therapy Services
4321 Fir Street
East Chicago, IN 46312
219-392-7400

Community Hospital Outpatient Therapy Services
901 MacArthur Blvd.
Munster, IN 46321
219-836-4527