From Awareness to Action: Brittany Mahomes Shines a Light on Pelvic Health

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In a recent NBC News story by Linda Carroll, the author highlighted Brittany Mahomes, wife of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who posted “Once you have kids take care of your pelvic floor. Seriously…from a girl with a fractured back.” Brittany brought attention to a crucial yet often overlooked aspect of women's health: pelvic floor care. This reminder sheds light on a condition that affects a significant number of people, especially those who have gone through pregnancy and childbirth.

Pelvic floor issues can manifest in various ways, including urinary and fecal incontinence, organ prolapse, and back problems. Despite their prevalence, many individuals, especially people in their childbearing years, lack education about pelvic floor health.

According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly a quarter of women in the U.S. experience pelvic floor issues, with the likelihood increasing with age. Recognizing early signs of pelvic floor injury, such as urinary symptoms or pelvic pressure, is key to timely intervention and treatment.

While the NBC News story mentions Kegel exercises as one treatment option, it's essential to highlight other effective interventions like guided physical therapy, especially in the realm of pelvic and obstetric health - an existing sub-specialty within the physical therapy profession. Pelvic and obstetric physical therapy are key in helping people rehabilitate their pelvic floor muscles, particularly post-childbirth.

The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy offers a valuable resource through its PT Locator directory which is specifically designed to assist healthcare providers and the public in finding 1,000+ physical therapists who specialize in pelvic and obstetric physical therapy. Individuals can connect with skilled professionals who can offer personalized care and guidance for pelvic health concerns.

It's imperative to prioritize pelvic health and raise awareness about available resources and treatments. Whether through preventive measures or seeking professional help via physical therapy, taking proactive steps toward pelvic health can significantly enhance the quality of life for individuals of all ages. 

Please be aware that this article is not a replacement for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing any symptoms or concerns, please consult with your healthcare provider for personalized evaluation and guidance.