• Lila Abbate, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, WCS and Andrea Wood

Your Personalized Treatment Plan

Pelvic floor physical therapists are specially trained to treat pelvic health issues using non-surgical methods. Your physical therapist will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to help you meet your therapy goals. You will be treated in one-on-one sessions in a private treatment room. Your treatment plan will include a combination of techniques that may include the following:

Manual therapy

Your physical therapist may use hands-on treatment such as:

  • Myofascial/trigger point release

  • Soft tissue techniques

  • Joint mobilization

  • Massage (internal and/or external)

Application of medical devices

State-of-the-art medical devices may be used for muscle re-education and pain management including:

  • Biofeedback

  • TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)

  • Ultrasound (high frequency sound waves)

  • Electrical stimulation

Education

To complement your treatment sessions in our office, you may be given one or more of the following to help you manage your symptoms:

  • Exercises for you to do at home (muscle strengthening and relaxation, stretching and release techniques, etc.)

  • Behavior modification techniques

  • Suggestions on making adjustments to your diet

Throughout the course of your treatment, your physical therapist will assess and monitor your progress. Be sure to tell her if you are experiencing pain, have new symptoms, or have difficulty performing any at-home exercises. By keeping track of how you are doing, your physical therapist will be able to note areas that need continued attention as well as new symptoms that should be addressed. Treatment techniques will be modified or changed, as necessary.

Also, please express any concerns or questions you may have about your treatment plan. The greater your understanding about your condition and care plan, the more you are empowered to comply with treatment and be a true partner in your own healing.

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