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Finding the Right PT Specialist

Nov. 17, 2022 10:55 am

Pelvic floor dysfunction affects many women who will see multiple providers before they are diagnosed. Often, women are left to feel that the problems they are experiencing are normal and should just be endured. The simple truth is that pain is not normal.

Women dealing with symptoms that can include urinary incontinence, constipation, pelvic or low back pain, discomfort during sexual intercourse, muscle spasms or pressure in the pelvic region can look to physical therapy to find relief.

And in finding the right physical therapist to meet your needs, you might see certifications listed to which you might give a cursory glance, but these often missed abbreviations are very meaningful to your search.

Physical therapists that specialize in pelvic pain have one or both of the following:

  • Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Pain (CAPP)
  • Biofeedback Certification Institute of America - Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback (BCB-PMD)

The Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (CAPP) is awarded to licensed physical therapists. Certification means a physical therapist has completed a comprehensive education, training and testing program for the management of patients with a diagnosis of pelvic health dysfunction, such as urinary incontinence and pelvic pain. It's a certification that requires the practitioner to demonstrate extensive knowledge and skills directly related to the management of pregnant and postpartum patients experiencing musculoskeletal dysfunction and high-risk pregnancy.

Biofeedback Certification Institute of America - Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction (BCB-PMD) designates Board Certification in Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback. A fundamental tool for pelvic floor rehabilitation, biofeedback for pelvic floor muscle retraining is a treatment to help patients learn to strengthen or relax their pelvic floor muscles in order to improve bowel or bladder function and decrease some types of pelvic floor pain. It is a painless process that uses special sensors and a computer monitor to display information about muscle activity. This information ("feedback") is used to gain sensitivity, and-with practice-control over pelvic floor muscle function. 

Physical therapists can help end the isolation you may feel from suffering with pelvic pain or dysfunction. With the right approach, support and involvement, therapy can get you on the path of living better and enjoying a happier, healthier life.

PT Center for Women offers women of all ages comprehensive evaluation and treatment for their physical therapy needs and is one of the only physical therapy centers in Wisconsin that specializes in pelvic pain and pelvic muscle dysfunction.

Once you become a patient, our therapists design a personalized treatment program for you to help improve function and lessen pain. Our gentle, heartfelt approach to healing allows women to feel calm and comfortable while pursuing a program of care that can be life-changing.

At PT Center for Women, the care we provide is as unique as every woman. Call or text 920.729.2982 to schedule an appointment.

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