What is Pediatric Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

June 5, 2024

Many people do not even know that pelvic floor physical therapy is an option for children. Here, I will highlight some reasons why kiddos are in pelvic floor PT and how it can help.

At Activcore, a few common diagnoses that we see for pediatric pelvic floor physical therapy are enuresis (bedwetting), encopresis (fecal incontinence), urinary incontinence, and constipation. Other symptoms that are common include stool withholding, frequent UTI’s, urinary urgency, and pelvic pain, among others. While there are many aspects to the above conditions, the pelvic floor muscles play a significant role in bladder and bowel functioning in children as well as adults, and often need to be addressed in conjunction with other areas.

It is generally better to begin pelvic floor physical therapy sooner rather than later, especially if constipation is involved. Pediatric pelvic floor physical therapy can include an assessment of abdominal and hip strength, ribcage and diaphragm, breathing strategies, posture, and pelvic floor muscles. Your physical therapist may instruct you in certain exercises for home, as well as discuss strategies for toileting including schedules and positioning. While each child and their physical therapy plan is different, physical therapy treatment is meant to address dysfunction in order to ensure good muscle length and strength, as well as improve each child’s ability to both maintain continence and evacuate when appropriate.

When treating kids, I will often work closely with other providers such as GI doctors, psychologists, and occupational therapists. If you are already seeing a specialist for the above concerns, consider asking them if a pelvic floor physical therapy referral would be beneficial for your child.

Need help? Contact me at Activcore Littleton for a free phone consultation to learn if pediatric pelvic floor physical therapy is right for your child.

Disclaimer:  The views expressed in this post are based on the opinion of the author, unless otherwise noted, and should not be taken as personal medical advice. The information provided is intended to help readers make their own informed health and wellness decisions.

Dr. Rachel Gerton

Physical Therapist
Rachel Gerton is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) who specializes in pelvic health with a particular interest in helping pregnant and postpartum moms. She also enjoys treating kids and those experiencing pelvic pain. She works at Activcore in Denver, Colorado, located just one mile from the popular Cherry Creek Shopping District. She also works at Activcore in Littleton, Colorado, which is located inside the Womens Health Care Associates OBGYN clinic.
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