How Do You Have Pelvic Health Problems?
You may think you are the only one with problems like these. In fact, you may not have told anyone (including your doctor) about these embarrassing and life changing issues. Many of you don’t even know why these things happen. Or perhaps, you’ve been told “there’s really nothing that can be done for you”. I am here to tell you that you are NOT ALONE. Many times these problems are related to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction and are treatable with Pelvic Health Physical Therapy.
1. Do you ever leak pee?
- Leaking urine is one of the most common and most embarrassing problems to live with. (Good thing we can help you. An estimated 25-35 million people in the US suffer (usually in silence) from leaking urine, also known as urinary incontinence – 80% of these people are women.
2. Do you have bladder issues that leave you running to the bathroom?
- URGE urinary incontinence (UUI) is when you leak urine as you have sudden bladder urges.
4. Have you had pain with intercourse after pelvic radiation?
Caused by one or a combination of changes in your vaginal tissues due to hormone changes, fibrosis or stenosis (read more below), pelvic muscle dysfunction, lack of blood flow, nerve irritation. Radiation may cause the tissues in your vulva and vagina (vulvovaginal) to have induced vulvovaginal fibrosis or stenosis.
5. Have you had cancer?
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6. Have you had trouble with bladder and bowel changes after radiation?
These can include leaking urine or stool, constipation, and difficulty emptying your bladder.
7. Did you know that 1 out of 6 American women is the victim of sexual assault?
90% of adult rape victims are female. That is why we focus on helping women improve their pelvic health after experiencing rape.
8. Why am I experiencing pelvic pain after sexual assault?
The effects of trauma from sexual assault can include many different aspects of your body. While many people focus on the psychological aspects of sexual assault we will focus on the physical and painful aspects after pelvic pain.
9. How will Amy help me after sexual assault?
Amy helps you to identify the root cause of your pelvic symptoms and provides an easy-to-follow educational program to help you start healing yourself. Amy provides you with referrals to other professional colleagues, when appropriate) and gives you access to resources at the touch of your fingers.
“I don’t even know why I am here.” I hear this all the time from women and men who visit my office and are afraid this will be one more exam they will have to go through, and they will still not get help. They are embarrassed about what is happening to their bodies and want a better explanation than, “Age” or “there’s nothing to be done to help you.” However, they have decided to take action because they are tired of living with the daily pain or embarrassment of:
- pelvic organ prolapse
- pelvic pain
- painful intercourse
- difficulty urinating
- faulty postures
- & pain during pregnancy
- leaking urine (urinary incontinence)
- urinary urgency
- overactive bladder
- night time bedwetting
- chronic bladder infections
- leaking stool (fecal incontinence)
My journey helping women and men with pelvic health started with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Sport Science from Colorado State University. My passion for health and wellness led me to pursue a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia.
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