This is a specialised field that requires additional training but also empathy and compassion. Our Women’s Health Physiotherapist team is passionate about helping women of all ages understand the complexities of their body and provide individualised treatment to improve the issues we don’t always easily talk about but often affect us on a daily basis. Our Physiotherapists provide assessment and treatment of:
Pelvic floor dysfunction, such as:
- Pelvic floor muscle weakness
- Overactive and high tone pelvic floor presentations
- Stress urinary incontinence
- Urinary frequency and urgency
- Prolapse management
- Pelvic pain (includes pain associated with endometriosis and PCOS)
- Dyspareunia including Vaginismus
- Bowel dysfunction
- Post-operative management of gynaecological surgery
- Baseline testing of pelvic floor function
- Pregnancy related concerns and injuries
- Education sessions regarding pelvic floor
What will the appointment involve?
The initial consultation is a 1-hour appointment where the Physiotherapist will take a detailed history of any current presenting issues as well as asking questions regarding bladder, bowel, sexual intercourse, and gynaecological history and obstetric and surgical events. Lifestyle factors may also be impacting your symptoms e.g. fitness styles, including weight training where heavy lifting may be applied.
Education based on the answers is then a large component to these appointments and the Physiotherapist will then advise whether an internal assessment is recommended. Internal assessments are not mandatory but are the best way to assess pelvic floor muscles and pelvic organ position. Irrespective of an internal assessment, treatment options will then be discussed and provided.
Do I need a referral to see a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist?
No, a referral is not needed.
Medicare rebates are available if eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition and require complex care, your GP can provide you with this particular referral form.
Physiotherapy treatment rebates are available through most private health insurance funds. We support this and have HICAPS facilities to claim this rebate.