Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
Pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) is a specialty that primarily focuses on structures related to the pelvis, low back and hips. This includes bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and soft tissue components. These structures function to support the pelvic organs, support urinary, bowel and sexual function and provide stability to the pelvis and spine. Dysfunctions within the pelvic girdle can lead to painful, uncomfortable and often embarrassing symptoms. These symptoms could include urinary or bowel dysfunction such as leaking or constipation, pelvic, back, hip or abdominal pain and/or pain with sexual activity. Many of these dysfunction are associated with pregnancy and childbirth, however, anyone can experience pelvic floor dysfunction. Dealing with pelvic floor dysfunction can be mentally, physically and emotionally taxing and can even take a toll on professional and personal relationships. But you are not alone… we are here to help!
What Can I Expect on the First Visit?
All of our clients begin with a 1.5 hour comprehensive evaluation that will cover medical history, movement and postural analysis, pelvic specific examination- this could include internal vaginal or rectal assessment if indicated-, education regarding evaluation findings and a detailed plan for addressing findings and meeting your goals.
Do I Need a Physician Referral to See You?
Nope! Georgia is a direct access state which means you can come straight to your physical therapist. This will help to save you time, money and potentially unnecessary testing and medications. This also allows you to seek and begin treatment right away for an injury or dysfunction. On your first visit we will complete your initial evaluation, develop a plan of care and send it to the provider of your choice so your interdisciplinary team can be up to date on your treatments. A Doctor of Physical Therapy is trained to screen for red flags that may warrant a referral to a physician and we will continue to screen for any concerns with each visit.