Women's Health

SoutheastHEALTH’s experienced physical therapists focus on women’s health diagnoses such as incontinence, pelvic pain, prolapse and post-delivery assessments. You receive one-on-one treatment with a female therapist in a comfortable, private setting. Southeast’s therapists are the experts you can trust.

Conditions Treated

We provide care and therapy for a variety of women's health issues.

Pelvic Floor Disorders

Pelvic floor physical therapy includes individualized assessment and treatment of the following conditions:

  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic pain
  • Organ prolapse
  • Prenatal and postpartum care

Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a common problem for many women. The severity of incontinence can range from small leaks, associated with jumping, running, coughing or sneezing, to large leaks and an inability to make it to the bathroom in time.

The underlying problem is often weakness in the pelvic floor muscles, which support the pelvic organs, including the bladder. Our physical therapy specifically addresses the pelvic floor muscles and can help alleviate incontinence.

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain involves pain in the lower abdomen, vulva, vagina, perineum, anus or tailbone regions and encompasses several different diagnoses including:

  • Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse)
  • Vulvodynia
  • Vaginismus

It can also be associated with hip, low back or sacroiliac joint issues. Muscle tension, scarring and weakness can all contribute to pelvic pain. Physical therapy can help address these areas with the overall goals of decreasing pain and improving function.

Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse involves the descent of the abdominal organs into or outside of the vaginal opening. This is often associated with pelvic floor laxity and weakness. Physical therapy can help increase the pelvic floor support and decrease the level of prolapse.

Prenatal and Postpartum Care

Pregnancy causes many changes to a woman’s body throughout the pregnancy and after birth.

Common complaints during or after pregnancy:

  • Low back pain
  • Pain in the pubic area or tailbone
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or arms
  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic pain

Common complaints postpartum:

  • Pain or sensitivity to the C-section or episiotomy scars
  • Prolapse
  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic floor weakness
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles)
  • Difficulty returning to a fitness routine

How Does Physical Therapy Help?

A physical therapist specialized in women’s health has undergone additional training about the pelvic floor and how it relates to continence, pain and organ support. Our physical therapists are experts at evaluating movement, posture, muscle strength and flexibility. Physical therapy can help decrease your symptoms without side effects or complications of medications or surgery.

What Happens During the First Visit?

At the initial evaluation your therapist will discuss with you the changes your body has undergone. A treatment plan will be developed that includes goals to decrease your symptoms and improve your functional ability. Your posture, muscle strength and tension, flexibility and pelvic floor will be evaluated.

Treatment may include:

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Pelvic floor strengthening
  • Education about how to manage and improve your symptoms
  • Soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release and scar massage
  • Modalities for pain control
  • Home exercise instruction