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What is Pelvic Dysfunction?

There is more and more buzz on social media regarding the pelvic floor, which is really wonderful.  But let’s break down what it means to have pelvic dysfunction and why you may need a pelvic PT. 

Weakness of the structures in the pelvic girdle may cause urinary or fecal incontinence, back pain or sacroiliac joint and hip pain.  On the flip side, if those muscles and structures are unable to relax properly, they may cause a variety of symptoms and disorders from pelvic pain to constipation to back or hip pain. During pregnancy the pelvic girdle is truly challenged and then under great stress during labor, which can also cause a variety of symptoms, like prolapse, urine leakage, bowel urgency or musculoskeltal pain. 

Pelvic Dysfunction encompasses many different disorders and symptoms. What we as physical therapists are trained to treat are the pelvic floor muscles, the structure of the pelvic girdle (bones, joints and ligaments) as well as the connective tissue and musculature of the whole body.  As Physical Therapists trained in evaluating and treating the pelvic girdle, we can get to the bottom of what is causing your symptoms and restore balance to these structures.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is a good idea to see a pelvic PT.  Most states do not require a referral from your doctor to be evaluated and get answers to your issues!
– urine leakage
– bowel leakage or urgency
– painful sex, tampon use or well woman exam
– tailbone pain
– low back, hip or SIJ pain
– endometriosis, fibroids, interstitial cystitis, IBS, FM
– heaviness down there
– pain in the pelvis or external genitalia in both men and women
– pain with urination or bowel movements
– Pelvic or abdominal surgeries
– spinal surgery

Many women and men experience symptoms of pelvic dysfunction, and many more who do not seek help. These issues can greatly impact a person’s quality of life. We are here to help.   Don’t wait another day or suffer any longer, we see people everyday with similar problems, you are not alone! Click HERE to start your healing journey at Foundational Concepts, specialty physical therapy.

–Sarah Dominguez, PT, MSPT, CLT, WCS, CMTPT, PYT

Sarah is the proud co-owner of Foundational Concepts, Specialty Physical Therapy which opened in March 2013. Sarah lectures at the University of Missouri Department of PT, University of Kansas Departments of PT and Nurse Midwifery, and at Rockhurst University Department of PT. She is board certified in Women’s Health PT and holds certifications in medical therapeutic yoga, lymphedema therapy and dry needling.

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