I was asked to comment on Kegels in New York Magazine. Regarding Kegels, I noted that they are one component to overall management of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse: "There is strong evidence that strengthening the pelvic floor muscles helps with bladder control. Kegels have a place. They are a piece of the puzzle, but rarely the whole piece."
The article discussed the wide spread recommendation of Kegels as a cure for all types of pelvic floor impairment. It is important to note that Kegels are not intended to be treatment for those suffering from pelvic pain diagnoses- however it is possible that after proper treatment of the "pain driver" or the aspect of the pelvis that is creating pain, that strengthening of the pelvic floor muscles via Kegels is warranted.
The most important take away message is that seeking an evaluation from a well trained pelvic physical therapist is vital for comprehensive care.