North Mississippi Medical Center's Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo offers a Women's Health Physical Therapy program with a physical therapist specially trained in women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunctions.
We focus on dysfunctions in the pelvis that contribute to bowel, bladder, sexual health, pain and pregnancy/post-partum issues.
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that sit at the bottom of a woman’s pelvis like a hammock or a sling. These muscles can experience dysfunction like any other muscle in your body. If these muscles do not function properly, they can contribute to incontinence, pelvic or back pain, and more.
- Urinary incontinence (Stress, Urge, Mixed)
- Urinary urge/frequency
- Painful bladder syndrome (Interstitial Cystitis)
- Overactive bladder
- Urethral pain
Sexual Dysfunction Pain
- Coccyx pain
- Vulvar pain
- Vulvar vestibulitis
- Perineal pain
- Pudendal neuralgia
- Sacroiliac pain
- Groin pain
- Genital pain
- Pain with penetration
- Low back pain
Pregnancy and Postpartum Issues
It is very common for women, particularly new moms, to put their own physical and emotional needs last. While this postpartum period is usually a happy time, it can be stressful and filled with many different emotions. Yes, it is important to care for your baby, but your body has also undergone many changes that often need to be addressed. Don’t assume these changes are normal after having children. While they are common, they are NOT normal.
Don't Ignore these Common Postpartum Symptoms
- Urinary Incontinence
Peeing when you cough, sneeze, laugh and jump is a common problem during pregnancy and postpartum. The pelvic floor muscles and tissues have been stretched during pregnancy and delivery and may not provide adequate support. Many times women are told to do Kegel exercises; however, Kegels alone will not always cure this issue. You may benefit from seeing a women’s health physical therapist.
- Tailbone Pain
Some women have tailbone pain before pregnancy, during pregnancy or during labor and delivery. The baby passing through the birth canal may cause a sprained, dislocated, bruised or fractured tailbone. If your OB diagnosed a dislocated or fractured tailbone, you may benefit from seeing a women’s health physical therapist.
- Low Back, Hip & Pelvic Pain
During and after pregnancy, many moms experience some level of low back, hip and/or pelvic pain. After pregnancy, changes in posture and decreased core stability and strength combined with new physical demands of motherhood frequently cause pain. Many women live with these symptoms for months or years before seeking help because they believe it is part of being a mother. This does not have to be the case. Seeing a women’s health physical therapist can be beneficial.
- Pain with Intercourse
Vaginal or pelvic pain with penetration can be caused by muscle spasm, scar tissue restriction, nerve irritation and vaginal dryness related to hormonal changes. Pain with intercourse is a symptom that may not respond well to Kegels. This is a common diagnosis often treated by a women’s health physical therapist.
- Diastasis Recti
Your belly area undergoes changes during pregnancy both externally and internally. Some moms simply need help getting their belly back into shape, while others may have a condition known as Diastasis Recti, where your abdominal muscles separate, causing your belly to pooch out, that may require specialized therapy.