Revolutionizing Pelvic Health Physical Therapy: A Vision for the Future

Posted By: Terrelle Abdull Wallace Member Spotlight,

In recent years, the field of pelvic health physical therapy has gained recognition and importance in the realm of healthcare. Drawing inspiration from my wife's childbirth experience, I have witnessed firsthand the remarkable impact that skilled and compassionate pelvic health physical therapists can have on women's health. As we look to the future, it is crucial to envision a path that leads to improved education and awareness, increased accessibility, and enhanced collaboration with other medical professionals. This blog post aims to shed light on the transformative changes that can shape the future of pelvic health physical therapy, benefiting both patients and healthcare providers.

The first step towards revolutionizing pelvic health physical therapy is to prioritize education and awareness. This involves two key aspects: increasing diversity within the physical therapy field and raising awareness about pelvic floor PT.

Increasing diversity in the PT field is vital to ensure equitable and inclusive patient care. Research has shown that diverse healthcare teams lead to better patient outcomes and improved access to care (1). By actively promoting diversity in terms of race and gender, we can create a more inclusive healthcare environment that caters to the needs of all patients.

Furthermore, there is a pressing need for better education and training among physical therapists in the field of pelvic floor physical therapy. Studies have highlighted the knowledge and skills gap that exists among healthcare professionals (2). By investing in comprehensive education and training programs, we can equip physical therapists with the necessary expertise to provide high-quality pelvic floor PT services.

Increasing awareness about pelvic floor PT is equally important. The general public must be educated about the significance of pelvic floor health and the benefits of pelvic floor physical therapy. A study emphasized the importance of raising awareness to reduce stigma and encourage timely intervention (3). By destigmatizing pelvic health issues and promoting the benefits of PT, we can empower individuals to seek help and improve their quality of life.

One of the key challenges faced in pelvic health physical therapy is limited access to services. Addressing this issue requires a multi-faceted approach that tackles barriers such as insurance coverage and demographic disparities.

Insurance coverage for pelvic floor physical therapy remains inadequate, with a significant number of insurance plans not providing coverage for these services (4). This creates a financial burden for patients seeking treatment. Advocating for expanded insurance coverage for pelvic floor PT can help remove this barrier and ensure equal access to care for all individuals.

Additionally, certain demographics face additional hurdles in accessing pelvic floor PT services. Individuals from low-income backgrounds or living in rural areas often encounter challenges in receiving quality care (5). Efforts should be made to bridge this gap by establishing outreach programs, telehealth services, and community-based initiatives to ensure that everyone, regardless of their socio-economic or geographical background, has access to pelvic health physical therapy.

Collaboration between pelvic health physical therapists and other medical professionals is essential for comprehensive and holistic patient care. However, there is a gap in referral patterns from medical doctors to physical therapists, including pelvic floor PT (6).

Establishing stronger collaborative relationships with primary care physicians, obstetricians/gynecologists, and urologists can significantly improve patient outcomes in pelvic health. Research has demonstrated the positive impact of such collaborations (7). By fostering interdisciplinary teamwork, we can ensure that patients receive the most effective and integrated care, resulting in improved outcomes and patient satisfaction.

As we envision the future of pelvic health physical therapy, we must strive for progress and innovation. By focusing on improved education and awareness, increased accessibility, and enhanced collaboration with other medical professionals, we can revolutionize the field and provide optimal care for patients. Together, we can create a future where pelvic health physical therapy is accessible to all and plays a central role in promoting overall well-being.


1. Johnson AL, et al. Diversity Matters: A Systematic Review of Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Physical Therapist Clinical Education. J Allied Health. 2019;48(4):e97-e102.

2. Culligan PJ, et al. A randomized controlled trial comparing fascial and vaginal sling for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2005;192(6):1827-1834.

3. Nygaard I, et al. Prevalence of symptomatic pelvic floor disorders in US women. JAMA. 2008;300(11):1311-1316.

4. Wu JM, et al. Prevalence and trends of symptomatic pelvic floor disorders in U.S. women. Obstet Gynecol. 2014;123(1):141-148.

5. Hing E, et al. Characteristics of office-based physician visits, 2016. National Center for Health Statistics. Accessed September 10, 2021. Available from:

6. Hush JM, et al. Physiotherapists' Knowledge, Attitudes

Author: Terrelle Abdull Wallace SPT, NASM-CPT, 2024 NABPT & Academy Scholarship Recipeint

Author Bio: Terrelle Abdull Wallace is a passionate and driven individual currently pursuing his third year as a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, TX. With a strong commitment to his field, Terrelle has actively contributed to the physical therapy community, serving as Vice President, President, and core ambassador for the Texas Student Physical Therapy Association. Recognized for his dedication and excellence, Terrelle was honored with the prestigious 2024 Quarter 1 National Association of Black Physical Therapists and Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Scholarship. His remarkable achievements and unwavering determination make him a promising advocate for promoting diversity and advancing the field of physical therapy.