As a physical therapist that specializes in Women’s Health, I feel very strongly that every woman would benefit from a consult with a physical therapist postpartum to determine if further treatment is warranted.
While there are no national studies that measure the incidence of postpartum pelvic floor dysfunction as a whole, some studies have shown rates of postpartum pelvic pain as high as 44% and postpartum urinary incontinence as high as 33% (Hay-Smith, Morkved, Fairbrother, & Herbison, 2008; Paterson, Davis, Khalife, Amsel, & Binik, 2009).
We are behind European countries when it comes to postpartum rehabilitation. Here’s a great article in Time: Why France Pays for Postpartum Women to “Re-Educate” their Vagina
Be your own advocate!
Hay-Smith, J., Morkved, S., Fairbrother, K:, & Herbison, G. (2008). Pelvic floor muscle training for prevention and treatment of urinary and fecal incontinence in antenatal and postnatal women. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 4, CD007471.
Paterson, L., Davis, S., Khalife, S., Amsel, R., & Binik, Y. (2009) Persistent genital and pelvic pain after childbirth. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 6, 215-221. doi: 10.1111/j.17436109.2008.01063.x