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Published on August 15, 2018

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Women have hope with pelvic floor physical therapy

Some women believe pelvic floor disorders are simply a result of giving birth or growing older. Poor bladder control, pelvic and abdominal pain, and painful sexual intercourse are just a few of the common conditions they perceive as normal parts of life. After all, one in three women suffer from a pelvic floor disorder. Advertisements featuring temporary fixes reinforce the stereotype that these symptoms can only be dealt with, not reversed.

Consider pelvic floor physical therapy for the following:

  • Pelvic/abdominal pain
  • Back or hip pain
  • Tailbone pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Poor posture
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Pain during or after pregnancy
  • Incontinence of bladder
  • De-conditioning after an injury

Pelvic floor physical therapy may include:

  • Muscle strengthening
  • Behavior modification
  • Biofeedback
  • Water therapy
  • Proper body mechanic instruction
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Manual therapy
  • Braces or assistive devices
  • Deep heat, ice or electrical stimulation
Jennifer Kruger, DPT

Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics is helping women find relief through specialized physical therapy for pelvic health disorders. Certified in pelvic floor therapy, therapist Jennifer Kruger, DPT, uses individualized exercises to strengthen patients' pelvic floors—a group of muscles that form a sling to support the bladder, uterus (for women) and bowel—to minimize symptoms.

"No one should have to live with incontinence or pelvic pain. Issues like these can have such a negative impact on people's daily lives and keep them from activities they love. Pelvic floor physical therapy can make significant changes in these symptoms and usually does not require many appointments," Jennifer says. Gundersen has seen tremendous success with this physical therapy option, with 60 to 70 percent of Gundersen patients experiencing improvements in bladder control with pelvic floor physical therapy alone.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Gundersen Boscobel Rehab at (608) 375-6311.

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