Pelvic Health

Pelvic Health Services at Altum Health, developed in collaboration with Dr Dean Elterman, Urologist (UHN TWH Urology Department) are aimed to address specific pelvic health issues.

Our services provided by specially trained and rostered Pelvic Health Physiotherapists. These services can help minimize or even relieve the symptoms and improve function associated with pelvic health conditions.

Our goal is to provide comprehensive and professional pelvic health care for women and men of all ages – we want to assist you to regain and improve function, enhance your health, and confidence in all areas of your life.


Did You Know? The Facts

Pelvic health conditions include urinary incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain – these are common - impacting 3.3 million Canadians or nearly 10% of the population each year.

For example, 33% of women over 30 after natural childbirth experience pelvic health issues and 40% of women athletes have urinary stress incontinence.

Many people are too embarrassed to talk to their doctors about these issues …if they do doctors often don’t know what advice to give or may refer to a specialist which takes time.

Do you have these symptoms?

In women, pelvic floor disorder, can be caused by pregnancy, aging and involvement in activities such as sports. It means that the muscles in the pelvic area that are too tense, too relaxed, or a combination of both. Pelvic muscles must be able to contract adequately to allow for urination, bowel movements and sexual intercourse.

Symptoms may include:

  • Urinary frequency, urgency, hesitancy, stopping and starting of the urine stream, painful urination, or incomplete emptying
  • Constipation, straining, pain with bowel movements
  • Unexplained pain in your low back, pelvic region, hips, genital area, or rectum
  • Pain during or after intercourse, orgasm, or sexual stimulation
  • Uncoordinated muscle contractions causing the pelvic floor muscles to spasm

You don’t have to live with these conditions!

Literature indicates that receiving care from a Physiotherapist with expertise and training in pelvic health can provide excellent treatment options for incontinence and pelvic pain (Cochrane Collaboration 2010) - a safe, affordable and conservative treatment option for you!

Assessment & Treatment of Pelvic Health Conditions

We provide individualized care for pelvic health conditions such as urinary incontinence in a comfortable and private environment.

An Initial Assessment is completed by a specially trained Pelvic Physiotherapist to determine what your specific condition is and how best to treat it. Once the assessment is completed the Pelvic Physiotherapist will work with you to determine the best treatment program for you including home exercises. You can expect to return to the clinic for regular treatment visits over a period of 12-26 weeks.

Extended health care plans often cover these services – check with your plan!



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