My name is Dr. Jenna Stasi, a physical therapist here at Back in Motion Sport and Spine. I was born in a small town in Illinois but mostly grew up in St. Petersburg, FL. I decided to become a physical therapist while I was still in high school, after taking anatomy and physiology and falling in love with all that the human body is capable of. I went on to receive my Bachelor's in Psychology from University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Florida Gulf Coast University.
During my time at FGCU, I completed clinical rotations with therapists practicing pelvic floor physical therapy. I was exposed to how helpful and life-changing this therapy was for their patients, and decided to pursue advanced training in treating pelvic floor dysfunction. I love being a physical therapist, and nothing makes me happier than getting my patients back to the things they enjoy doing! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, running, and backpacking.
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There are two ways pelvic physical therapy can help, and a good PT will lift your concerns and ease your worries by telling you what’s going wrong, often within 10-15 minutes. Shouldn’t take much longer.
Next, the speed at which the physical problem is eased is completely dependent upon your age, how long you’ve suffered, how severe it is, your genetics, etc., as well as the treatment skills of the PT. I am not a big fan of doing anything for an extended period of time without seeing some improvement in the right direction. Many patients come back at their second appointment already seeing improvements.
Pelvic health is an often poorly understood field of medicine for both women and men. Currently, many suffer in silence or search relentlessly for answers, only to become frustrated by a lack of true understanding and expertise in the medical community. Back in Motion Sport and Spine practitioners understand that pelvic pain, sexual pain, pelvic organ prolapse or urinary leakage have the power to influence every aspect of one's existence: The ability to enjoy work, play, life, family and personal relationships.
Pelvic physical therapy is a specialty area of physical therapy that offers treatments for various pelvic conditions such as: urinary incontinence, difficulties in urination, bowel incontinence, constipation, abdominal pain, low back/SI pain, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain or coccyx pain, vaginal or rectal pain, penile or testicular pain, as well as men and women prior to or after having pelvic surgery.
Physical therapists specialize in working with the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems of the body. The pelvic floor muscles run around the opening of the urethra, vagina (in women) and rectum. Pelvic physical therapists are trained in both internal (vaginal or rectal) and external evaluation and treatment techniques. A physical therapist can assess general function of the pelvic floor by using external observation with cues. However, an internal assessment is the “gold standard” for fully assessing the pelvic floor if indicated. If patients are not comfortable with this, they do not have to have this type of evaluation. Some patients are reluctant at first and then choose to do this assessment at a later date.
Pelvic physical therapy goes FAR beyond teaching someone to do kegel exercises. That being said, rehabilitation for the pelvis is much more involved than simply strengthening a muscle group. It involves restoring function—improving muscular support around the pelvis, improving behavioral/dietary habits, and re-training body movements to allow for optimal organ and structural function. Thorough assessment and examination allows you and your pelvic physical therapist to set up a tailored plan to achieve your specific goals.
Not at all. And that’s fine by me. Our first priority is to tell you what’s going wrong and then tell you what would be your best options for care. Once we’ve done that, it is your decision on how you would like to handle your care. We KNOW we can give you amazing care and results.
Yes. Anyone who is expecting a miracle and hoping to be fixed in one visit. Rarely possible, particularly for symptoms that have been going on for weeks, months, or years.
That will depend upon the nature of your injury and how quickly you want the improvements. Our aim is to return you to full fitness/function as quickly and as safely as possible. Your PT will be in a better position to answer this following your initial consultation.
Big Tip: Getting in early nearly always means less time to recover and less PT sessions needed.
No, unless you are planning to use Medicare to cover your visits. We are able to see anyone without a Dr. referral, with exception of Medicare clients. Just give us a call and book. If you’re willing to invest in your health, you’re very welcome to come see us, and we would LOVE to take great care of you.
Just three things:
1) the amount of “care” taken (easy to spot);
2) the hands on techniques and skills being used;
3) the ability to accurately diagnose your issue.
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