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Published on February 07, 2020

Marie Gosda with baby and physical therapist

After winter fall, Wilton mother finds pain relief through therapy

One wrong step put Marie Gosda in months of pain.

The busy mother of two with another on the way slipped on her ice-covered porch and slid down three stairs in early January 2019.

"Immediately I had a lot of pain in my lower back," she says. "Every time I sat down, the pain was horrific."

Gundersen La Crosse Clinic providers connected Marie to pelvic floor physical therapy at Gundersen St. Joseph's Hillsboro Clinic, about 15 minutes from her home in Wilton.

Physical therapist Cassidy Sanchez discovered Marie's back pain wasn't in her back. Marie's tailbone had reversed after the fall, causing intense discomfort. Cassidy helped reposition the tailbone and introduced exercises to stretch and strengthen Marie's weakened pelvic floor muscles.

"Your tailbone is a huge deal because it controls more than I realized," Marie says. "Cassidy explained everything in depth. There was hard work on her part. She didn't give up on me."

Pelvic floor physical therapy benefits patients like Marie suffering from pelvic pain or those experiencing incontinence. It also can help expectant mothers with bone and joint pain. Patients can expect pain relief through exercise.

"Today, I feel like a million bucks," Marie says. "I was skeptical at the start because I didn't think we would be able to get to where we are now. I have no pain."

Marie resumed therapy about two months postpartum, often bringing her newborn and toddler to weekly sessions. Cassidy, who also works with pediatric patients, shared activities to advance the kids' motor skills and tips to prevent childhood injuries.

"She made the experience comfortable for all of us," Marie says. "She almost became a part of our family."

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