"Well, I've never heard of that kind of physical therapy...."
Sigh…if I had a dollar for every time I heard some version of that statement, I could run a pretty mighty word-spreading media campaign. By "that kind", I mean physical therapy for the pelvic floor and the problems that occur in that region of the body. These problems are often collectively referred to as pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) and include (but are not limited to) urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, bowel problems (leakage and constipation), and sexual health concerns. Yes,physical therapy for your privates and their most private comings and goings.
The thing is, we've been doing this physical therapy (PT) for a few generations now, and getting better and better at it all the time. Such specialized PT, frequently referred to as Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy (PFPT), is now recognized as a mainline intervention for PFDs and its effectiveness is established in...
Resources www.niams.nih.gov -- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases www.aaos.org -- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons www.arthritis.org -- Arthritis Foundation www.spine.org -- North American Spine Society www.apta.org -- American Physical Therapy Association www.ampainsoc.org -- American Pain Society www.theacpa.org -- American Chronic Pain Association www.iasp-pain.org -- International Association for the Study of Pain
Highlights Overview: Back pain can be acute, subacute, or chronic, and more commonly occurs in the lower area of the back.
Acute back pain develops suddenly and lasts up to several weeks. Acute pain is the most common type of back pain. Subacute back pain is pain that lasts up to three months. Chronic back pain can begin abruptly or gradually, linger, subside and then come back, but it lasts longer than 3 months. With proper self-care, most acute cases resolve within 4 - 6 weeks. Two-thirds of those patients, however, will experience another episode of back pain within 12 months. Diagnosis: A medical history and a brief physical examination is always necessary for both acute and chronic back pain. The main goal of a physical exam is to try and determine the source of the pain and to detect warning symptoms. Imaging techniques such as x-rays or scans are rarely recommended in the first month unless the health care provider suspects a serious problem such as a tumor, fracture, infection, caud...
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