By: Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP, DACRB
Chiropractic Physician in Bloomingdale, IL – Board-Certified in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Most people don’t give the muscles “down there” a second thought until they start causing trouble. The National Institutes for Health report that nearly a quarter of women in the U.S. experience some form of pelvic floor dysfunction. Symptoms include urgency and frequency of peeing, incontinence, sexual dissatisfaction and more rarely, organ prolapse or fecal incontinence. Sometimes chronic low back, hip or thigh pain can also be resolved by treating trigger points of the pelvic floor muscles — giving patients relief after suffering for years!
Although you may be tempted to put your head in the sand and pretend that you don’t have a problem, just like any health issue, most of these conditions are treatable without medication or surgery, especially if you seek help from someone who has been trained to do pelvic floor rehabilitation. They will ask you about your symptoms, your lifestyle and even how much coffee or water you drink during the day. Next they will do a standard orthopedic exam and also an internal pelvic evaluation to see if you have any tight/tender muscles or perhaps muscle weakness that is contributing to your symptoms. Based on those findings, they will put together a treatment plan designed to help you understand your pelvic floor and learn how to minimize your symptoms for the long run.
Since there is a shortage of providers in our area that can assist with pelvic floor rehabilitation, I decided to learn more about how I can help integrate this treatment option into my practice. I completed training with Herman Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and am now ready to accept patients for pelvic floor therapy.
Since I am a chiropractic physician, if you have had a gynecological exam within the last year, you can call us for an evaluation without a referral from your medical doctor or midwife. If there is anything that seems abnormal from a medical perspective, I will suggest a visit with your health care provider to confirm everything is okay. Otherwise, we will do a full pelvic muscle exam and be sure to send detailed records to your doctor to keep them in the loop about your care. Pelvic rehabilitation is covered by insurance under your physical therapy benefit. As always, we are happy to verify your co-pay and deductible amounts for you.
Dr. Erin E. Ducat is a Chiropractic Physician, who is Board-Certified in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and maintains a private practice in Bloomingdale, IL. Dr. Ducat has been the team chiropractor for professional and youth sports and treats a variety of orthopedic, sports and pelvic floor conditions for the communities of Bloomingdale, Roselle, Itasca, Medinah and surrounding suburbs. For more information about Dr. Ducat, go to www.ducatchiropractic.com.
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