What to expect on your first visit
- We will ask you to fill out one or two forms to give your therapist details about your symptoms. This information will guide your evaluation.
- The therapist will listen to your health history and ask about your current symptoms. They may ask questions about factors that could contribute to your symptoms, such as:
- Nutrition and hydration
- Toileting habits for both bowel and bladder
- Wellness activities
- Your job or other daily activities
- Sleep habits
- Sexual activities
- Your therapist will do a physical exam. The exam will help them determine how the muscles, ligaments, nerves, joints and movements in and around your pelvis affect your symptoms. They will also look at your posture, breathing patterns and scar tissue mobility.
- Your therapist may recommend an exam of your external perineum and/or internal pelvic floor muscles. Your therapist will help you maintain your modesty and comfort with each step of the exam.
- An internal exam may involve a single, gloved finger inserted into the vagina or rectum. This type of exam helps the therapist determine muscle tightness, weakness and range of motion. Your therapist will help you be as comfortable as possible.
- Your therapist will teach you about how your pelvic floor works. They will make a custom rehabilitation care plan for you.
You may feel nervous about your first visit. We encourage you to talk to your therapist about the evaluation and treatment options that may be best for you.
Schedule an Appointment
Northwestern Medicine Rehabilitation Services offers pelvic health physical therapy throughout the Chicagoland area. You must have a prescription from a physician to schedule physical therapy services.
To schedule an appointment, please call 630.933.1500 (TTY: 711). Your physician can fax the prescription for therapy to 630.933.1550.
- Bowel Dysfunction
- Cancer Treatments
- Chronic Pelvic Floor Pain
- Postpartum Pain
- Pregnancy Related Pain
- Prolonged Bed Rest
In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.