Pediatric Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Program

Lurie Children's offers physical therapy (PT) for our patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles located between your hip bones that contribute to bowel and bladder control. Dysfunction of this group of muscles could present in a variety of ways, such as incontinence, constipation, frequency or pain. Pelvic floor PT focuses on optimizing muscle control, addressing posture and encouraging good habits to promote decreased symptoms related to bowel and bladder dysfunction.

The Lurie Children's Difference

We are experts in working with children, and we believe in a team approach to your child’s care. We define the team as the patient, family, medical and PT providers. Our physical therapists have successfully improved the symptoms of patients who have pelvic floor dysfunction, and are passionate about ensuring a positive experience throughout the course of care.

Our program closely collaborates with many medical teams, including but not limited to:

We additionally collaborate closely with the other clinics and providers within the Chicago area to ensure that our patients are receiving the optimal care for their specific needs. 

How Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is Identified

During your medical appointment, your provider may suspect that pelvic floor dysfunction is contributing to your child’s symptoms. A diagnostic test, ordered by your provider, could confirm that PT is an appropriate addition to your child’s plan of care in order to address the muscles contributing to your child’s symptoms.

The Pelvic Floor team also works with other multidisciplinary clinics to ensure that pelvic floor dysfunction is screened for across the lifespan and with a variety of commonly associated diagnoses.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

We begin by talking to you and your child about his/her/their symptoms and concerns. We talk about toileting habits, provide you with education regarding your specific diagnosis, and begin to evaluate strength, breathing and posture. We provide you with individualized recommendations and exercises, and then we end by discussing future scheduling. You will be given exercises that take around 10 minutes per day to complete.

What to Expect for Your Plan of Care

Follow-up treatment sessions are scheduled every other week. Our patients typically require 4–8 sessions to meet their goals. Goals focus on general strengthening, pelvic floor control and symptomatic improvement. Treatment may include biofeedback, which uses externally placed sensors to assess and train pelvic floor muscles.


How to Prepare for PT

Physical therapy is one part of your child’s treatment plan. It is important to follow all recommendations from your provider and medical team. If you have medication or other plan-of-care questions, please contact your medical provider to discuss. You can prepare your child for PT by letting him/her/them know that most of the first session is talking and evaluating general strength. At some point in the plan of care, there will be visual assessment of the pelvic floor musculature by looking at your child’s bottom; however there is never any internal assessment or anything that causes pain.

Insurance Needs

We recommend that you reach out to your insurance provider to understand your coverage. Your child is coming to physical therapy and the visits are coded as:

CPT Codes

  • 97161, 97162, 97163: Evaluation
  • 97110: Therapeutic exercise
  • 90912: Biofeedback

ICD-10 Codes

  • R53.1: Weakness
  • M62.89: Pelvic floor dysfunction

Scheduling Instructions

An order is required for physical therapy. Ask your provider to place one in your child’s chart, or ask for an order to bring to your child’s first appointment.

To schedule: 

Related Specialties