“How do I find a Pelvic PT near me?”
This is a question I get often–“Dr. Kelly, how do I find a pelvic PT near me?” Let me tell you!
Steps to Finding a Pelvic PT Near You!
1. Google “Pelvic PT/Pelvic Physio Near Me” (pick which verbiage fits with where you live)
Thank the Google Universe. This is a pretty good way to find anyone near you who lists Pelvic PT on their website. Which…if they are a pelvic physio, it should be on their website.
See if there is one close by to you…then do a bit more research!!
2. Check the practitioners website
At minimum, it should have a list of their qualifications, trainings and services offered. Check specifically to see if they have been trained in internal pelvic floor muscle assessment. External and biofeedback only is okay, but it’s nice to have a therapist trained to assess ‘all of you’, especially when you’re ready to get your life back!
3. Talk to your medical provider, and friends!
Useful if you have more than one option and don’t know who to pick, but also good to decide if you will stay local, or travel, for pelvic care. Your friends, or medical providers, may have pelvic health practitioners that they regularly work with, and they can guide you in choosing one who is a good fit for you.
4. Do a social media search-inquiry
This expands the suggestions from your immediate friend group, into the community at large. Especially useful in rural areas, asking other people who they’ve gone to can help you reap the benefits of that person’s trial and errors!
5. Check Professional Website
a. The Herman Wallace Institute has a Find a Pelvic Practitioner site. There is a list of all Pelvic PTs who have registered, as well as Practitioners who have achieved a Pelvic Rehab Practitioner Certificate (a test of pelvic floor specific manual therapy and interventions)
b. www.apta.org, then “Menu” then “Find a PT.” From here, you can select “Practice Focus: Pelvic Health” OR Board Certified Specialist “Women’s Health.”
This is a cool option, but it does limit you to providers that are members of the American Physical Therapy Association (which is not all PTs). I humbly believe that PTs that are members of the APTA generally deeply about their profession…or at least are willing to spend extra money to join this organization.
You shouldn’t rule out a PT just because they’re not on these lists, but if you are searching, and it’s between one who is a member, and one is ins’t, I might be inclined to go the one who is a member. Personal opinion, please take it as that.
6. Final Check (if able): Are they Board Certified?
The bottom box on the Find a PT on apta.org checklist, is Find By Specialist.
You can enter Women’s Health.
These are the ‘creme de la creme’ of Pelvic PTs, in general. Not only have they done >1000 hours of direct patient care, and they take the effort to belong to their professional organization, they have spent countless hours rigorously studying the newest evidence, then sitting for an extensive exam that surrounds all things in Women’s Health, not just the pelvic floor.
Thanks for Reading!
If all else fails, and you can’t find one locally, consider a televisit with one of many pelvic floor PTs nationwide, or check out my online courses, like the Pelvic Floored Signature Lecture Series for in-depth training of how your current pelvic floor muscle status could be contributing to your pain, incontinence, constipation, pelvic organ pressure, or sexual dysfunction complaints.
The Signature Series includes 12 mini lectures, and 12 progressive exercise programs that I developed based upon current research, as well as my 16 years of experience in pelvic health. You can stream them as often as you’d like from the privacy of your home.
A full pelvic floor physical therapy program, for less than the price of one standard in person PT evaluation!
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