Kristen Everette, PTA, Specializes in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – March 7, 2012 – According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in three women experience pelvic floor disorders in their lifetime. To address this growing problem, Albemarle Hospital offers physical therapy services designed for women, including physical therapy that treats pelvic floor disorders and relieves symptoms by strengthening pelvic floor muscles.
“Issues with the pelvic floor are not always directly related to the weak condition of the muscle,” said Kristen Everette, PTA at Albemarle Hospital. “It can be an indirect result from body misalignment in the back or pelvis.”
Disorders in the pelvic floor can develop at any age, but women often experience challenges during pregnancy or as they age. Pelvic floor refers to the group of muscles that form a hammock-like net across the opening of a woman’s pelvis. These muscles and surrounding tissues keep all of the pelvic organs in place so that they can function properly.
While there are several causes for pelvic floor disorders, common symptoms include pelvic pain or incontinence. The good news is that some of these disorders are treatable, and women can strengthen pelvic floor muscles through exercise.
“Women may believe it is natural to experience incontinence in certain life stages, but it’s not something they have to suffer through,” Everette said. “Physical therapists can use exercises to strengthen muscles and prevent incontinence without medication.”
At Albemarle Hospital, patients must be first referred by their physician for therapy. The physical therapist will then review the patient’s medical history and examine the body to develop an exercise plan tailored to the patient’s needs. According to Everette, it’s the education that provides the greatest opportunity for women.
“When women come to us, we teach them exercises they can easily do at home that will strengthen the pelvic floor and lower back, preventing common mobility issues as women age,” Everette said. “All they need to do is ask. No question is too personal to answer. We are here to help women feel confident and help them get back to their life.”
To learn more about rehabilitation services for women at Albemarle Health, visit www.albemarlehealth.org.