Working with Colorado Mountain Medical’s obstetric gynecologists and Vail Health Family Birth Center, Vail Health Howard Head Sports Medicine’s pelvic health specialists help women recover safely so they can get back to the activities they love.
Frequently asked Questions (FAQ’s)I’m postpartum. I feel ok, but I’m wanting to start exercising again. I want to make sure I don’t hurt myself. Is that something physical therapy can help with?
Yes! Absolutely. We will assess your current strength and mobility as well as your activity goals and screen for any potential injuries, including abdominal separation.
Can physical therapy help with abdominal separation after pregnancy?
Yes. Abdominal separation or “Diastatis Rectus Abdominus” is very common after pregnancy. While we cannot force this separation to close we can create an optimal healing environment and help you progress back to core strengthening safely.
What is dyspareunia and how does physical therapy help?
Dyspareunia is the medical term for pain with sexual intercourse. While sexuality is multifaceted, physical therapy can help address the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular components that may be causing pain.
What is pelvic organ prolapse and how does physical therapy help?
Pelvic organ prolapse is actually very common. It is a relaxation of the ligaments that suspend the uterus or bladder or a relaxation of the rectal wall. Many women have some level of prolapse and never feel any symptoms. For those that do feel symptoms the most common complaints are pelvic pressure, heaviness or that there is the sensation of something stuck in the vagina. Physical therapy cannot shorten the supporting ligaments, but what it can do is help you learn to move better so that you do not feel this pressure.
What does a physical therapy assessment for my pelvic floor look like?
Generally we start just like any other PT session with a history and a brief orthopedic assessment. If you and your physical therapist decide an internal assessment would be beneficial for your care, it would consist of evaluating the pelvic floor musculature coordination, strength and assessing for trigger points. There are no stirrups or speculums, and the most important thing is that YOU are comfortable..
Can I decline an internal assessment?
Of course. Your treatment is about you and your body. We may not be able to help you as much in some cases without an internal assessment but you always have the right to decline a treatment or ask for more information.