Information and Specialties
Judith Florendo Judith Florendo has been a physical therapist since graduating from the University of Illinois in 1984. Her earlier career spanned working in several   More>
Mission

To provide expert hands-on evaluation and treatment of individuals with pelvic, core, and spine problems.

  • This is accomplished by experienced physical therapists who specialize in treating men and women with complex and multi-faceted problems.
  • A treatment plan is developed and based on evaluation findings as well as the client’s own stated goals.
  • We are passionate in the belief that the best healthcare management takes into consideration the person as an integrated being, as opposed to a collection of unrelated, dysfunctional body parts and diagnoses. Attention is paid to the constant and ever present interplay of body, mind, and spirit.
  • We work to increase general public awareness and education regarding common pelvic problems.
  • And finally, FPT is dedicated to contributing to a small, but growing body of research to improve outcomes, as well as providing evidence to third party payers on the relevance and efficacy of physical therapy evaluation and treatment.

We specialize in the following practices, please click one of the links listed below for more information on both the conditions and what we do to help treat them:

Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging (RUSI) is a technology finding greater application in various areas of medicine. Florendo Physical Therapy is proud to be among the first in a growing group of physical therapists to utilize RUSI in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal pelvic floor disorders in men and women.

Pelvic Pain
Pelvic pain is often a result of imbalances of the muscles surrounding the pelvis, including the pelvic floor muscles. Common pelvic pain syndromes include:

Physical therapy treatment is aimed at correcting postural faults, coordinating abdominal, diaphragmatic, and pelvic floor activity, and normalizing muscle tone in the pelvic musculature.

Chronic Non-bacterial Prostatitis
Chronic pelvic pain in males is sometimes diagnosed as chronic prostatitis, levator ani syndrome, or proctalgia fugax, to name a few. Symptoms can include pain and pressure in the low abdomen or just above the pubic bone, pain in the groin, rectum, testicles, penis and/or coccyx. Sitting often aggravates the pain and some individuals report that it feels like they are "sitting on a ball." These symptoms may or may not be accompanied by urinary urgency, frequency, and dysuria.

Incontinence
 Incontinence or the leakage of urine or feces may be caused by muscle weakness in the pelvic floor muscles, and poor muscle balance in the abdominal and hip muscles. Women can suffer with incontinence as a result of childbirth. Men often have incontinence post-prostatectomy. Common types of incontinence are:

  • Stress Incontinence
  • Urge Incontinence
  • Mixed Incontinence
  • Fecal Incontinence

Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles (commonly known as "Kegels") are helpful in regaining control of the bladder. Research has demonstrated that women are performing Kegels incorrectly 40-50% of the time when they have received only written or verbal instruction. One-on-one, hands-on instruction is critical and can take time. Fortunately, we have the time to work with our patients to get it right A physical therapy program can help identify the correct muscles, and assist in the strengthening process. The abdominal muscles and hip muscles are assessed as they also play a role in continence. Techniques to keep the pressure off the bladder, and the impact of diet as well as behavior and habits on incontinence are also addressed.

Osteoporosis
 Osteoporosis is a potentially life-threatening condition related to poor density. This reduction in bone density allows the bone to break more easil. A physical therapy program of postural strengthening and balance excercises for fall prevention can reduce risk of fracture associated with osteoporosis.

 

Office Location
600 North McClurg Court
Suite A312
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone/Fax/Email
P: (312) 337-8840
F: (312) 337-9334
E: info@florendopt.com