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Power Restored - 11 August 2020, 2:21 pm

The Power has been restored on campus. Activity will resume under the current COVID guidelines. The Clinic will remain closed today and resume normal operations tomorrow.

Appointments: 515-271-1700

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

Please do not call or visit your normal provider. Instead, Polk County residents should call 2-1-1. If you have an upcoming appointment at the DMU Clinic please call in advance. More information is available on DMU's coronavirus response website.

On-Site Availability

Family Medicine, Foot and Ankle, Physical Therapy, and Radiology are taking patients on-site.

Telehealth Availability

All departments with the exception of Radiology are offering telehealth services. Please contact your provider through the patient portal or by calling.

Pelvic health and biofeedback

Disorders of the pelvis include pain, urinary and bowel dysfunction. We understand these issues are personal and private. Our therapists have special training in the assessment and treatment of these disorders. On your initial examination, your therapist will ask you questions related to frequency of urinary or bowel elimination, diet, exercise and effect on functional activities.

Treatable pelvic health issues

What does a pelvic examination include?

Physical examination will include palpation of your abdomen, pelvis, groin, low back or hips, muscle strength assessment of your trunk, hip and groin muscles (the pelvic floor), and movement of your hips and spine. Therapists are trained in internal examination of the pelvic floor which assist with bowel and bladder control and are often tight or weak with pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, and bowel dysfunction. Additionally, our therapists are specially trained in the use of Electromyographic Biofeedback to assist with assessment of muscle tone of the pelvic floor muscles.

Treatment plans

After assessment, an individual plan of care will be set up with the patient. Treatment may involve muscle re-education with Biofeedback to strengthen or relax the pelvic floor muscles, manual therapy, strengthening to the abdominal, hip or pelvis muscles, education, and behavior modification techniques. We want to achieve your desired goals in a caring and supportive environment.

Appointments 515-271-1717
Hours Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

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