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  • Writer's pictureNicole Cozean

Should I try and find a pelvic PT with lots of experience?

There's a wide variety of expertise when it comes to pelvic floor physical therapy.  Unfortunately many patients have to go to several different ones before finding a true expert.



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You might think that finding a pelvic PT who has a lot of experience means you'll be getting great care. But that's not necessarily the case.


In this 'sode we discuss why experience doesn't necessarily equal quality. In fact, sometimes more experienced therapists are still using outdated techniques they learned 20+ years ago, while someone newer to the field was trained in more contemporary methods.


So what should you be looking for to ensure you get the best care? Really, you're looking for three things:


  1. Specialty Clinic: You want to find a practice that specializes exclusively in treating pelvic health. It means they have more experience with people like you and is much more likely they have specialty training instead of just 'dabbling' in pelvic health.

  2. Hour-Long Treatment Sessions: You want to work hands-on and 1:1 with your pelvic PT for a full hour. No aides, no watching you exercise, no double-booked patients so they can't focus on you the entire time. These conditions are complex and you need time with the actual specialist!

  3. Both internal and external treatment at every visit: Often it's only one or the other. Some pelvic PTs don't have the skills to work outside the pelvic floor, and they are just doing internal or using biofeedback the whole time. Others just 'check' the pelvic floor once and then treat entirely externally. You need the combination to see the whole picture.


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As Nicole said in the full 'sode of the podcast on this topic...


"You might think that finding a pelvic PT who has a lot of experience means you'll be getting great care. But that's not necessarily the case, experience doesn't necessarily equal quality." -Nicole Cozean, Pelvic Sanity

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Who are we at PelvicSanity?


At PelvicSanity, it's our mission to support patients with pelvic pain and pelvic floor symptoms, regardless of where you live. We can help with:

- In-person treatment for those in Southern California at the PelvicSanity clinic

- Immersive Out-of-Town program for those able to travel

- Remote Consultations to get you expert 1:1 help, advice and an action plan

- Online patient courses on Interstitial Cystitis and Movement for Pelvic Health

- A Facebook support group for patients called Finding Pelvic Sanity.


 


Nicole Cozean

Dr. Nicole Cozean is the founder of PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Orange County, CA. PelvicSanity treats patients from all over the world with remote consultations and the Immersive Out of Town Program. She also runs Pelvic PT Rising, training other pelvic PTs to better serve patients.


Named Physical Therapist of the Year, Dr. Nicole is author of the award-winning book The Interstitial Cystitis Solution and the first PT to serve on the ICA Board of Directors, Her passion is helping those with pelvic health issues - regardless of where they live - find lasting relief.

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