For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common questions we are asked and their respective answers. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, drop us a line and we’ll do our best to get you the information as soon as possible.
What should I bring / expect in my first pelvic floor physical therapy session?
Please bring your legal ID, insurance cards, imaging and your referral from a medical provider. You can also wear comfortable loose clothing. If you are coming from work - no problem, we are always happy to treat you!
Pelvic Floor Sessions:
A trans vaginal or trans rectal internal examination may be performed during your visit if your physical therapist thinks this will benefit you in terms of your treatment.
Please note: Your comfort level is very important and your therapist will always ask for your consent before performing this type of evaluation. If you are not comfortable with this type of exam, many other external examination techniques can be performed in order to improve your symptoms / concerns.
Your physical therapist will assess your pelvic floor muscles for tone, elasticity, pain, and tenderness. They may insert one gloved finger into your vagina and/or rectum to palpate the pelvic floor muscles from the inside. A lubricant is used to help ease the discomfort.
Treatment: Your treatment sessions may include manual therapy, exercises and neuromuscular re-education in order to improve your symptoms.
Do you accept health insurance?
Do I need a Doctor’s referral?
This will always be beneficial as well as bringing in any imaging you may have received. However, a doctor's referral is not required for your first visit.
Under NYS law, a doctor's referral is required after your 10th visit or after 30 days of treatment.
Can I bring someone with me?
Always! Legally, you are allowed to have a chaperone in each session.
We always welcome partners, friends and little ones in sessions. This can be for learning purposes and comfort.
What if I am menstruating and I have a pelvic floor treatment booked?
This is up to your comfort level and our physical therapist has no issues treated while a patient is menstruating. If you are on a "heavy" day, we will potentially refrain from internal work and focus on external treatment, but this is on a case-by-case basis! If the patient is comfortable being treated, we're happy to see them.
How many sessions will I need?
This is always a tough one to answer because we have an individualized approach to treatment. Our best advice is to plan to budget for 3-5 sessions within a 2 month period. This is the best way to learn about your habits, create a home program / plan that you can stick to and also take advantage of in person treatments in a timely manner. After this amount of sessions, we will be able to determine a more long term plan. There are many times where a patient ends up needing more or less sessions than this - the only way we can know is based on an exam.
Everyone is different. Our goal? Let's get you better, no matter how many sessions that is!
We take pride in making sure each patient is aware of their treatment plan and this is determined after the first session post examination.
What if I can't afford sessions?
We never want cost to get in the way of sessions. Please inquire about payment plans and package options. Please note that package plans DO NOT include the first evaluation session.
We also have recommendations for in network providers if that is preferred. Pelvic floor specialists are hard to come by and we are happy to point you in the right direction.
Can men also benefit from pelvic floor PT?
Of course! We all have pelvic floors, no matter your identifying gender.
What pelvic floor conditions do you treat?
There are a wide variety of diagnoses that can be treated by pelvic floor physical therapy. Typical diagnoses treated by our pelvic health physical therapists include:
Urinary leakage, urinary frequency, and the increased urge to urinate
Bowel issues, such as constipation or diarrhea, or increased urgency or frequency in bowel movements
Incontinence (both bowel and bladder)
Sexual problems, such as pain during intercourse, pain with orgasm, or decreased ability to orgasm
Pain in bladder, rectum, vaginal canal, genitals, or intestines
Pregnancy: prenatal, perinatal, and postpartum rehab
Gender affirming surgery
Pain in low back, pelvic, hips, SI joint, tailbone
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