One of the biggest challenges for pelvic pain patients is finding the right physical therapist. Since we’ve launched our blog, one of the most consistent areas of feedback has been the difficulty patients have finding appropriate pelvic floor PT.
A variety of issues are behind this difficulty. First, the supply of PTs qualified to treat pelvic pain does not meet the patient demand. A major reason for this is that pelvic floor PT is not part of the current PT school curriculum. So, PTs who wish to become educated in pelvic floor PT must find and fund their own post graduate training. And post graduate educational opportunities in pelvic floor PT, while they do exist, are limited.
Another reason its so hard to find a pelvic pain PT is that many PTs today who do treat the pelvic floor only treat incontinence, which as we’ve already discussed in previous blog posts, is a very different animal than pelvic pain.
On top of all of this, the pipeline between doctors who treat pelvic pain and pelvic floor physical therapists is still very much a work in progress. So it’s not a given that a patient’s physician is going to be able to recommend a PT to him or her.
What makes the current PT environment for pelvic pain treatment so frustrating is that hands-on PT is a proven treatment approach for pelvic pain. I for one have seen first-hand just how successful it can be–even in situations that previously seemed hopeless to the patient.
So considering these challenges, how does one find a knowledgeable and experienced pelvic floor PT?
Fortunately, there are extremely knowledgeable and experienced pelvic floor PTs out there. And resources and avenues do exist to help pelvic pain patients connect with them. In this blog I’m going to give you the downlow on these resources as well as some advice on how to best apply them to your PT search.
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