Core & Pelvic Physical Therapy
At Conway Regional Core & Pelvic Physical Therapy, we empower patients through pelvic health physical therapy (also known as pelvic floor physical therapy) and pregnancy/postpartum rehabilitation. Our clinic provides a quiet, calm environment for one-on-one sessions with a licensed physical therapist. One therapist is assigned to work with you, ensuring consistent and more effective care.
In our pelvic health program, we help women, men, and children to overcome bladder, bowel, and pelvic pain conditions. Our licensed physical therapists have each been formally educated to evaluate patients who have different types of pelvic health (or pelvic floor) challenges. Based on your evaluation, treatment tools used during your individualized sessions may include pelvic muscle biofeedback, rectal balloon training, and dry needling.
Pregnancy and Postpartum
We also help patients get relief with many pregnancy-and postpartum-related concerns. Research tells us that many conditions women are told are "normal" or "will go away after pregnancy" can actually be addressed with therapy (and often do not just go away on their own). Our licensed physical therapists have received formal education to safely address a pregnant or postpartum patient's needs.
Treatment for Women, Men, or Children with the Following Conditions:
- Bladder leakage, incontinence, urgency, frequent urination, nighttime symptoms, and pain or difficulty with urination
- Bowel leakage, incontinence, urgency, frequent bowel movements, and gas leakage
- Constipation or difficulty with bowel movements
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pediatric bladder and bowel conditions
- Pregnancy-related or postpartum back, hip, and leg pain
- Pregnancy-related or postpartum upper back, neck, and shoulder pain
- Postpartum pelvic floor conditions, such as bladder and bowel symptoms or perineal scar pain
- Postpartum clogged milk ducts
- Post-Cesarean scar pain or problems, such as lower abdominal discomfort, constipation, bladder symptoms, abdominal muscle weakness or tightness
- Diastasis rectus abdominis or weakened abdominal wall
- Female pelvic pain conditions, such as endometriosis, painful menstrual cycles, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), vulvodynia, pudendal nerve problems, proctalgia fugax, coccyx pain
- Female post-surgical scar adhesions or pain, such as after hysterectomy, laparoscopy, vaginal surgeries, prolapse repair, hernia repair
- Male pelvic pain conditions, such as non-bacterial prostatitis, pain with sexual activity, painful urination
- Male post-surgical conditions, such as post-prostatectomy bladder leakage or pain, hernia repair
- Post-abdominal surgery scar pain or muscle rehabilitation
- Painful intercourse or sexual activity, such as vaginismus or dyspareunia
- Pain with use of tampons or gynecologic examination
- Osteoporosis - safe exercise and movement prescription
What to Expect
At your first visit, your therapist will spend time talking with you about your condition and will ask how your condition started or changed over time, what has helped, and what has not helped. Your concerns and goals for improvement will be discussed, as they are the most important focus for developing your treatment plan. Your therapist will then explain the examination thoroughly, giving you an opportunity to ask questions. After your examination, your therapist will then discuss your findings thoroughly, as well as what the treatment plan will involve. At the first and following visits, your therapist will spend one-on-one time to address your needs, progress, and any home care instructions. Our goal is to empower you to gain control over or to resolve your condition.
Pelvic physical therapy is covered by most insurance providers and plans.
Call our office at 501-513-5108 to learn more about what to expect from the evaluation and treatment process, your insurance coverage, and to schedule an appointment.
Darla Cathcart, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT
Director/Owner, Pelvic Health Physical Therapist
Darla has been practicing in pregnancy, pelvic, and women’s health therapy since 2002. She graduated with her physical therapy degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, LA, in 2002. She completed women’s health physical therapy residency training at Duke University in North Carolina in 2007. She obtained her Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy in 2007, and her board certification in women’s health physical therapy in 2009. She chaired the creation of the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy training for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Women’s Health (now the Academy of Pelvic Health), and currently oversees the curriculum for the Pregnancy Course Series for Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She has taught numerous continuing education courses locally, nationally, and internationally on pelvic and pregnancy topics since 2009. She currently teaches pregnancy and pelvic courses throughout the U.S. for Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences, with her dissertation research on treating women with lifelong vaginismus. She developed and contributes to the pelvic health blog www.whatsupdownthere.info. Darla lives in Conway with her twin sons and three dogs. She enjoys running, watching movies with her kids, and dark chocolate.
Deanna Vaughn, PT, DPT
Pelvic Health Physical Therapist
Deanna has been practicing in pregnancy, pelvic, and women’s health since 2019. She graduated with her physical therapy degree from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR, in 2019. She received intensive training in pelvic health therapy through her clinical internship at the Conway Regional Core and Pelvic Physical Therapy clinic. She then completed formal education in pelvic health courses through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute where she obtained the skills required to treat a variety of pelvic health conditions in both males and females. She is enthusiastic about assisting individuals with pelvic conditions, such as bladder leakage and urgency, rehabilitate their pelvic floor. She wants to provide patients with the tools needed to manage their symptoms in order to reach their goals. She continues to pursue further educational opportunities to expand her knowledge and skill-set in the pelvic health field. She contributes regularly to the pelvic health blog www.whatsupdownthere.info. Deanna currently lives in Little Rock, AR, and loves spending time with her mother, husband, dog and cat at home. She loves reading books and traveling for leisure and exploration activities.
Sarah Olney, PT, DPT, OCS
Pelvic Health Physical Therapist
Sarah has been practicing in orthopedics since 2003 and women's health since 2011. She graduated with her Masters in Physical Therapy from Oklahoma Health Science Center in 2003. She received her transitional Doctorate Degree in 2012 from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She has completed training in pelvic health therapy through courses offered by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Women’s Health (now the Academy of Pelvic Health) and Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She obtained her board certification in orthopedic physical therapy in 2008 and 2018, and her next goal is to pursue her board certification in pelvic health. She has a toolbox of manual therapy techniques to help reduce pain but she is most passionate about empowering men and women to find their individualized tools to self-manage painful conditions. Sarah also enjoys helping patients return to their sports, fitness routine, or daily activities without bladder symptoms or pain and helping new moms navigate postpartum issues such as painful intercourse. She was previously the program coordinator for an activity based positive youth development program, Girls on the Run, and continues her involvement as a coach. Sarah loves being outdoors with her husband and two children and enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Sarah Walker, PT, DPT, PRPC
Pelvic Health Physical Therapist
Dr. Sarah Walker graduated summa cum laude with two Bachelor of Art degrees in English and Spanish from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock before graduating from the University of Central Arkansas with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Sarah has continued to pursue clinical excellence by attaining her Certificate of Achievement in Obstetric Physical Therapy through APTA’s Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and her Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through the Herman and Wallace Institute. She is currently in the dissertation phase of her Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy through the University of Central Arkansas. In addition to her work with patients, Sarah instructs physical therapy students on the importance of pelvic floor function and treatment and assists in continuing education in pelvic floor rehabilitation for fellow physical therapists. She is a native Arkansan who enjoys hiking, travel, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.