Qualifications: MCSP, MSc Health and rehabilitation
Specialises: women’s and men’s pelvic health
Karen qualified in 1982 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the Midlands and Hampshire. After developing an interest in all things pelvic Karen went on to lead the pelvic floor and continence team at RHCH, Winchester for over a decade. Women's Health Physiotherapy is the therapeutic treatment of all disorders affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor. From incontinence to prolapse, pelvic pain or constipation, there is growing evidence that physiotherapy can alleviate, and in many cases cure these symptoms. Male pelvic health physiotherapy is a specialist branch of physiotherapy that deals with male pelvic pain and pelvic organ dysfunction. These issues can appear at any age and significantly affect the quality of life. These conditions are often embarrassing, affecting your confidence and personal life. Men are so reluctant to talk about male health issues that it takes an average of 7 years for a man to discuss his issues with a GP. Physiotherapy can be successful in identifying the cause of the problem and guiding appropriate treatment. As awareness of this service is increasing, many men who had previously given up hope have experienced life-changing improvements.