Our Pelvic Health Physiotherapists will ensure that you receive the most up-to-date and effective evidence-based management plan for your problem. Physiotherapists carry out an assessment and examination of your problem, and they will then discuss and agree a treatment / management plan with you. Pelvic Health Physiotherapy takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care. This might include:
- Information, advice, and education
- A rehabilitation and/or self-care programme agreed with you, that you are responsible for. This may include wider health and lifestyle aspects such as smoking, alcohol intake and general levels of physical activity.
- Condition specific exercises
- Pain management advice
- Postural/ergonomic recommendations
- Manual therapy techniques, in line with best current evidence and NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) recommendations.
- Referral onto other specialist services
Pelvic Health problems are often best managed by a Specialist Physiotherapist, and we provide treatment and management for both men and women for the following conditions:
- Chronic Pelvic Pain (including Prostatitis, Coccyx Pain, and vaginal Pain)
- Bladder Problems (Frequency, Urgency, and Incontinence)
- Bowel Problems (Urgency, Incontinence, and constipation)
- Weak pelvic Floor Muscles (erectile dysfunction, altered vaginal sensation)
- Vaginal Prolapse
- Back & Pelvic Pain during or after pregnancy
- Separation of the abdominal muscles (DRAM)
We provide telephone, video and face-to-face consultations. You will be seen by the same therapist at each appointment, and your consultation will last between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Your assessment will take place in a private room. We may need to assess your back, stomach muscles and/or pelvis, so please wear suitable clothing e.g. shorts, leggings or appropriate underwear.
If you have been referred with chronic pelvic pain, bladder & bowel problems or vaginal prolapse, we are likely to suggest a vaginal or rectal examination. This will be fully explained to you prior to any examination, and you are able to decline. Please talk to your therapist if you have any worries or concerns about this.
For telephone and video appointments please ensure you are available at the allocated appointment time and in an environment where you feel comfortable to discuss your condition. For a video consultation, you will need the following:
- a private and well-lit area where you won’t be disturbed during the consultation
- good connection to the internet / WIFI signal
- an android or iOS device
For all appointments, please ensure you have a list of your current medications available to provide for the Physiotherapist.
You will be asked questions about your current condition. These may include:
• The history of your condition
• Medical History
• Your occupation, hobbies or interests and how they are affected
You may also be asked general questions about your physical and mental health and wellbeing e.g. in relation to your weight and how physically active you are.
Following the initial assessment the physiotherapist will discuss a treatment plan with you. This will usually include:
- An exercise programme for you to follow at home.
- Information and advice on how to access physical activity and exercise sessions within your local community.
- Signposting to community social wellbeing and mental health support services, and lifestyle services.
The nearest entrance is Entrance 3. Please note that if you are driving you should allow yourself adequate time to park as it is sometimes difficult to find suitable parking during the day. The hospital operates a ‘Pay & Display’ system for parking.
Fairfield General Hospital, Physiotherapy Department, Rochdale Old Rd, Bury BL9 7TD
You can be referred into our service by your GP or by a Northern Care Alliance Consultant.
Bladder and Bowel Service
Pelvic Organ Prolapse - https://thepogp.co.uk/_userfiles/pages/files/POGP-Prolapse_2.pdf
Pelvic Girdle Pain https://thepogp.co.uk/_userfiles/pages/files/POGP-PGP(Pat)(UL).pdf
EXERCISE and ADVICE after pregnancy - https://thepogp.co.uk/_userfiles/pages/files/POGP-EAA5-UL.pdf
Promoting Continence with Physiotherapy https://thepogp.co.uk/_userfiles/pages/files/POGP-Continence_0.pdf
Fit following Surgery - https://thepogp.co.uk/_userfiles/pages/files/POGP-FFSurgery%20(1).pdf
Fit for the Future - essential advice and exercises following childbirth https://thepogp.co.uk/_userfiles/pages/files/POGP-FFFuture%20(1).pdf
Fit for Birth - essential exercises and helpful advice https://thepogp.co.uk/_userfiles/pages/files/POGP-FFBirth%20(1).pdf
Fit for Pregnancy https://thepogp.co.uk/_userfiles/pages/files/POGP-FFPregnancy%20(1).pdf
Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises and Advice for Men https://thepogp.co.uk/_userfiles/pages/files/POGP-PelvicFloorMen(UL).pdf
Improving Your Bowel Function https://thepogp.co.uk/_userfiles/pages/files/POGP-BowelFunction_0.pdf