When something’s not right “down there” (down where? you know…down there), it can affect your whole life as well as your loved ones.
I can personally vouch for this. After I had my second baby, I thought…hmmm, is it normal that I just pee’d my pants after I sneezed? And forget about that “you know what” time with the hubby. The scar from my Episiotomy was always painful. Needless to say, hubby wasn’t too happy about that. I chatted with my OBGYN and got “yeah, sometimes things just don’t work right after a baby”.
Really??? Really. What I didn’t know, was that there’s a growing field of medicine devoted to treating these unique complications. Unique, Great. Don’t you always love being the unique one. Although, as I found out, not as unique as you might think.
1 in 7 women have pelvic pain and 25 million adults suffer with urinary incontinence. Women’s health physical therapist’s help women (and some men) who have problems with sexual intercourse, urination, pregnancy preparedness and postpartum recovery. These therapists deal with the stuff we’re too embarrassed to talk about and they can reassure patients that their issues are at least treatable, if not always curable.
I realized I was not alone. Women have been struggling with these issues since the beginning of time, but it wasn’t until 1995, when a group of physical therapists got together and said, there must be something we can do for these women.
These areas on the inside are made up of muscles and joints, just as our knees and shoulders are, and can be treated by physical therapists who are certified in women’s health. No longer do you have to accept the answer commonly given…“that’s just part of being a women.”
At Specialized Physical Therapy we have noticed a huge need for this type of treatment and have developed our women’s health program. We have certified Women’s Health Physical Therapists to treat women specific issues at 2 of our locations, The Pearl Street Clinic and the Dry Creek clinic. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Do you wake up 1-2+ times at night to use the bathroom?
- Do you urinate more than every 4 hours?
- Do you have pain during or after intercourse?
- Do you lose urine when you laugh, cough, sneeze or exercise?
- Do you wear a pad because you fear you’ll lose urine?
- Do you always have to know where the bathroom is located at each place you go due to frequency or urgency?
- Do you have pain or numbness in your pelvis with sitting or riding a bike?
- Are tampons painful to use?
- Do you dread gynecological exams due to pain?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions there is treatment! Please call and schedule a consult with our women’s health specialist today at 303-778-7246 (Pearl Street Clinic) or 720-493-1181 (Dry Creek Clinic)