Interstitial Cystitis is a pelvic pain syndrome affecting millions men, and women throughout the world. However, of the Americans estimated to have IC, 90 percent are women. The symptoms of IC vary from case to case and even in the same individual. People may experience mild discomfort, pressure, tenderness, or intense pain in the bladder and pelvic area. Symptoms may include an urgent need to urinate (urgency), frequent need to urinate (frequency), or a combination of these symptoms. Pain may change in intensity as the bladder fills with urine or as it empties. Many patients also have an underlying pelvic floor muscle tension disorder. Women's symptoms often get worse during menstruation.
In some people diagnosed with Interstitial cystitis the urgency and frequency is severe. They find that their bladders cannot hold much urine. Frequency, however, is not always specifically related to bladder size; many people with severe frequency have normal bladder capacity. People with severe cases of IC may urinate as many as 60 times a day. Also, people with IC often experience pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia).
Physical therapy treatment has been shown to give significant relief from these symptoms. We understand how Interstitial cystitis can consume and start to take over your life. We employ specialized therapists that have experience helping patients with these symptoms. Don't suffer in silence, there is help available. At Everybody Physical Therapy we perform a thorough evaluation and design a conservative treatment program that works for you.