Women’s Health / Pelvic Health Physiotherapists
Predominantly the caseload which these physiotherapists see are outpatient based providing professional assessment, treatment and support to all of their patients with pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms. They also see inpatients typically to provide post-operative gynaecology rehabilitation and post-natal physiotherapy advice.
They see a variety of conditions, including but not limited to:
- Stress, urge or mixed urinary incontinence
- Perineal childbirth injury
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Faecal incontinence
- Pelvic pain related to pelvic floor dysfunctions
All of the Pelvic Health physiotherapists uphold a highly professional standard and all have specialist post-graduate training in vaginal and anorectal pelvic floor examinations. They offer a sensitive and supportive service for patients with sometimes very personal and difficult symptoms.
Women’s Health Physiotherapists receive referrals from the GPs and consultants for the following:
- Childbirth injury
- Urinary incontinence including stress incontinence, urgency and frequency
- Pelvic floor dysfunction, including pain and sexual dysfunction
They receive referrals from the colorectal consultants for the following:
- Obstructive defaecation
- Anal Incontinence
To assess the best options for you, they will first examine you carefully, including an internal examination. They will then prescribe a set of pelvic floor exercises, tailored to address your specific problems. They may also prescribe other options including: pelvic floor stimulation, biofeedback, defecation dynamics and bladder training.
Because of their close working with other departments e.g. urogynaecology, physiotherapists are able to refer you to a consultant when needed, for example, if your symptoms have not improved after three months.