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Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

The physical therapists at Indiana University Health treat muscoskeletal conditions and dysfunction of the muscles, nerves and joints of the pelvis, hips and low back. While the systems within the pelvic floor are unique, they are treated with the same basic concepts as the rest of the body.

IU Health Physical Therapists treat the following common conditions:

  • Bladder dysfunction
  • Bowel dysfunction
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Hip or low back pain
  • Prenatal or postpartum related pain
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Urinary frequency and urgency
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Post Prostate Surgery (men)
  • Post abdominal surgery
  • Post pelvic surgery

A pelvic floor physical therapist will evaluate these muscles and determine an appropriate plan of care. During the first visit a general musculoskeletal examination will be performed which often times, if appropriate, includes an internal assessment of the muscle activity within the pelvic floor. Patients are provided educational material and appropriate exercises to treat the pelvic dysfunction. Follow-up visits are then scheduled to progress the patient according to the therapy plan.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Treatment Information

Patients in need of pelvic floor rehabilitation may have one or more of the following symptoms:

If you experience any of the above symptoms, a physical therapist may be able to help. Your trained physical therapist will work with you one-on-one to develop a plan of care that meets your individual goals. Through several therapy sessions you and the therapist will work on the following:

Therapeutic exercises. These exercises are used to treat appropriate muscles identified during the examination. They include strengthening and/or stretching of pelvic floor, hip and low back.

Hands on therapy. This type of therapy is used to assist with muscle training and coordination. Hands on treatments help relax internal muscles for more effective rehabilitation.

Body mechanics, posture and movement. These therapies often impact the pelvis because of the direct relationship with hips and low back musculature. Specific movements will be reviewed and suggestions will be provided to minimize areas of concern and painful movement patterns.

EMG biofeedback. This is a muscle training tool that utilizes an internal or external sensor to measure the level of activation in a muscle. It provides a visual representation of how the muscles are performing with a given movement or exercise.


Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Support Services

Patient education and support is available through the following organizations and many more your therapist can provide. Patients are given proper education in order to increase their independence and empowered to continue reaping the benefits of therapy beyond the scheduled sessions.  


Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Rehabilitation Locations

IU Health Saxony Hospital Adult Outpatient Services
13100 E. 136th Street, Suite 2100
Fishers, IN 46037
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IU Health Methodist Professional Center
1801 N. Senate Blvd., Suite 1438
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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IU Health University Hospital Adult Outpatient Center
550 University Blvd., Room 4175
Indianpolis, IN 46202
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