Women's Health Physical Therapy

The St. Alexius Human Performance Center (HPC) physical therapy program provides evaluation and treatment of the specific health concerns of women. The physical therapist focuses care on pelvic floor dysfunction including pain, incontinence, voiding dysfunction, pregnancy and postpartum.

When referred to therapy, your comprehensive evaluation will include assessment of posture, range of motion, strength, motor control, joint function and neurological function. Based on these findings, the therapist will create an individualized treatment plan. The ultimate goal of therapy is to return you to a full active lifestyle.

Women's health conditions that may require treatment:

1. Bladder dysfunction

  • Urinary frequency
  • Urinary urgency
  • Urine leakage
  • Difficulty voiding
  • Incomplete emptying
  • Nocturia (nighttime voiding)
  • Interstitial cystitis

2. Bowel dysfunction

  • Constipation
  • Stool leakage
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

3. Pelvic pain

  • Pain in lower abdomen, groin, vagina, rectum, or tailbone
  • Pain with emptying bladder or bowel
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Endometriosis

4. Pregnancy and postpartum 

Our Women's Health Physical Therapists

Tana Herr, PT
Erica Schuler, PT

Should I seek treatment?

  • Do you leak urine when you cough, sneeze, or laugh?
  • Do you have a strong, sudden urge of your bowel or bladder that you cannot control?
  • Do you experience pain with urination, bowel movement, or intercourse?
  • Do you wear an undergarment for protection due to leakage of bowel or bladder?
  • Have you altered your social activities due to fear of bowel or bladder leakage?
  • Are you frequently up at night to urinate?
  • Are you going to the bathroom more than every three to four hours during the day?

If you answered yes to any of the above you may be a good candidate for physical therapy treatment.

Please check with your insurance provider to determine whether a physician order is required. If so, contact your primary care provider for an appropriate referral. 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact the Human Performance Center at 701-530-8100 or 1-800-222-7858.