Interstitial Cystitis Treatment

Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome

At Opal Physio, we provide comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals dealing with Interstitial Cystitis (IC). Our experienced pelvic floor physiotherapists understand the complexities of this condition. They are committed to helping you manage your symptoms, improve your bladder function, and enhance your overall quality of life.

We strive to empower you on your journey toward better health and well-being by offering personalized treatment plans and ongoing support after being diagnosed with IC. We understand that IC can be a challenging and life-altering condition, and we are committed to providing the highest level of care and support to help you regain your quality of life.

Our expert physiotherapists are trained in managing and treating IC and will work closely with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets your unique needs.

Interstitial Cystitis - Painful Bladder Syndrome

What is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial Cystitis (IC), or Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS), is a chronic condition characterized by bladder pain, urgency, and frequency. It affects men and women and can cause significant discomfort, impacting daily activities and emotional well-being. The exact cause of IC remains unknown, but it is believed to involve an abnormality in the bladder lining, leading to irritation and inflammation.

Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis:

Symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis can vary from person to person and may include a combination of the following

  • Bladder pain that gets worse with bladder filling
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pressure, pain, tenderness around the bladder, pelvis, and the area between the anus and vagina or anus and scrotum
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain in the perineal region and vagina for women
  • Pain between the scrotum and penis in men
  • A persistent and urgent need to urinate
  • Frequent urination, often in small amounts, throughout the day and night

How can Physiotherapy help with Interstitial Cystitis?

Physiotherapy has been proven to be an effective treatment option for managing IC symptoms. Our approach to the best treatment for Interstitial Cystitis involves a combination of techniques, including:

  • Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy: Our physiotherapists are skilled in assessing and treating pelvic floor dysfunction, often associated with IC. By addressing muscle tightness, spasms, or weakness in the pelvic floor, we can help alleviate pain and improve bladder control.
  • Bladder Retraining: Physio will work with you to develop a customized bladder retraining program designed to improve bladder control and reduce urgency and frequency. This may involve scheduled voiding, progressive increase in the time between bathroom visits, and relaxation techniques.
  • Pain Management: Our physiotherapists utilize pain-relieving techniques, such as cold laser therapy, heat or cold therapy, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), and gentle manual therapy, to help manage your IC-related pain.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: The therapist will guide you on lifestyle changes that can help manage your IC symptoms, such as dietary modifications, stress management, and incorporating regular exercise.
  • Education and Support: Our team is committed to providing you with the knowledge and tools you need to understand better and manage your IC symptoms. We offer ongoing support and education to help you make informed decisions about your treatment options.
Interstitial Cystitis Treatment With Physiotherapy

What to expect during your initial consultation

During your initial consultation, one of our physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment, including a medical history review, physical examination, and pelvic floor evaluation. We will discuss your symptoms, concerns, and goals for treatment and then develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.

Get Started with Your IC Treatment

At Opal, we are dedicated to helping you regain control over your bladder and improving your quality of life. If you or a loved one is struggling with Interstitial Cystitis, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists for Interstitial Cystitis treatment in Langley. We look forward to supporting you on your journey toward better health and well-being.