Patricia Dispirito, PT, DPT, has joined the staff of Chestnut Commons Physical and Occupational Therapy, announced Rena Hughes, P.T., M.S., Cert. MDT, Director of Business Development and Rehabilitation Therapy Services.
Specializing in pelvic floor rehabilitation, Dispirito brings with her more than 35 years of experience in outpatient therapy, home care, skilled nursing and private practice. Additionally, she has spent time as an instructor at Utica College and Herkimer County Community College, helping to train the next generation of physical therapists.
“Patty is an amazing therapist who combines clinical expertise with a patient-centered philosophy which our patients will love,” said Hughes. “While she provides therapy for a wide array of diagnoses, her expertise in the area of pelvic floor rehabilitation is a welcome addition to our staff.”
Weakened or impaired pelvic floor muscles can be a result of a number of issues, including aging, illness or childbirth. Dysfunctions involving the pelvic floor muscles can contribute to urinary incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, and sexual dysfunction. Pelvic floor rehabilitation is a non-surgical approach designed to help men and women strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, to identify the source of pelvic pain, or to improve or resolve conditions such as stress or urge urinary incontinence and chronic constipation.
Pelvic floor skeletal muscles are part of the body’s “core”, which can become weak, tight, or spastic. This can cause impairment as the pelvic floor provides support to your pelvic, reproductive, and urinary organs. Through exercise and soft tissue releases, Dispirito helps her patients control pelvic pain, elimination dysfunction, strengthen and retrain the pelvic floor muscles, and ultimately improve an individual’s overall quality of life.
“I believe that a strong core is key to so much of the body’s function,” explained Despirito. “If the core is weakened or compromised, the rest of the kinetic chain will not be able to function properly and that can affect so much of the body’s mechanics.”
According to Dispirito, therapy for incontinence and chronic pelvic pain could include behavioral strategies such as functional retraining, bladder retraining, and dietary and fluid modification. She also uses biofeedback, manual therapies, strengthening and conditioning programs, relaxation techniques, as well as education to improve self awareness of the pelvic floor muscles.
Pelvic floor rehabilitation has proven to be effective for patients experiencing:
Accidental leakage of urine when coughing, sneezing or with exertion The need to urinate frequently or sudden, uncontrollable urge to urinate Pain in the pelvic region Organ prolapse Pre-and post-partum related issues including back pain, diastasis recti (separation of the abdominals) and sciatica Scar tissue concerns Colorectal conditions and constipation Sexual dysfunction Core Strengthening
“Pelvic floor rehabilitation has been proven to have an incredibly positive impact on patients,” Dispirito continued. “Many women do not seek treatment for issues such as incontinence or sexual dysfunction either because they don’t realize programs like this exist or even due to embarrassment.”
“I became a therapist because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of people,” she continued. “I really enjoy being a part of the solution to these issues which no one really likes to talk about, but have a huge impact on quality of life.”
Dispirito received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and her doctor of physical therapy degree from Utica College.
A physician’s prescription is required to make an appointment to see a physical or occupational therapist for pelvic floor rehabilitation. The therapy is covered by most major medical insurance carriers, including Medicare and Medicaid.
For more information, contact Chestnut Commons Physical and Occupational Therapy, 107 E. Chestnut St., at 315-337-7952. The office is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.