Painful Bladder Syndrome

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

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

Painful bladder syndrome 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 PBS, 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.

Painful Bladder Syndrome
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

  • Interstitial Cystitis