Interstitial Cystitis

What it is, how it manifests, and can physical therapy can help.

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition characterized by urinary urgency/frequency combined with pain or pressure of the bladder not associated with active infection. IC may also be referred to as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS) or Bladder Pain Syndrome (BPS) and can affect all genders.

Interstitial cystitis is often a complex condition without a clear cause, and is often associated with a combination of abdominal, pelvic, and lower extremity muscle and fascia tension, a heightened sympathetic nervous system, and increased stress.

When treating IC, a knowledgeable pelvic physical therapist can be one of the most important providers on your care team by assessing the root of what might be contributing to your symptoms and work with you to address them. Treatment may include manual soft tissue mobilization throughout the spine, pelvis, pelvic floor, gluteals and legs, as well as stretches, breathing, stress reduction techniques, and extensive education and development of a self care program for home.

Interstitial Cystitis
or related symptoms? Pelvic floor physical therapy can help.

Mendwell is a Pelvic Health Physical Therapy clinic serving patients in Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Tigard. Our team of specialists are passionate about helping patients improve pelvic function, relieve pain, and get back to feeling their best. Reach out to learn how we can help.

Other names for this condition

  • Painful Bladder Syndrome