Painful Urination

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

Pain with urination is abnormal and can be a sign of underlying dysfunction. If infection or other disease has been ruled out, then the symptoms may be arising from dysfunction of the pelvic floor muscles.

While urinating, the bladder should contract while the pelvic floor muscles relax to allow the urine to empty from the bladder. However, some individuals hold excessive tension in their pelvic floor muscles which can make it especially difficult to relax fully the pelvic floor muscles, resulting in physical discomfort or pain. A pelvic physical therapist can assess whether this may be contributing to any symptoms, and if so, can provide strategies to relax the pelvic floor muscles in order to have less discomfort with urination.

Painful Urination
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

  • Dysuria