Dr. Lori Mize, a professor in the Lynchburg Doctor of Physical Therapy program, feels a professional responsibility to ensure patients can access physical therapy without facing stigma or fear.
After national news focused on the high-profile case of Larry Nassar, a former doctor for the American gymnastics team who was recently sentenced for sexual abuse, Dr. Mize spoke out in multiple high-profile forums to educate audiences about the importance of pelvic physical therapy.
She published commentary in the Huffington Post on January 24. Read that article here.
On January 24, she was quoted in an article in the New York Times, available online here.
She also went on the air on the local radio station WIQO for a 12-minute interview on the topic. That interview is available here on SoundCloud.
As a pelvic floor physical therapist, Dr. Mize spoke out to ensure that a stigma, already strong, would not prevent women from getting the care they need. She discussed the problems associated with pelvic floor dysfunction and how proper physical therapy can help. She also outlined what takes place in a legitimate pelvic physical therapy session, including patient education and consent.