The GROW program is a specialized Beaumont Children's physical therapy program for children ages 5 to 17. It is designed to decrease or even eliminate conditions of constipation and urinary or bowel leakage. The GROW program offers confidence, convenience and hope to families dealing with these issues.

Our therapists specialize in the treatment of children with pelvic floor dysfunction leading to bladder or bowel problems. We use the latest research and evidence-based treatments to compassionately address each family's individual concerns and symptoms. And we communicate with your child's primary care physician to ensure seamless complete care.

Our highly trained pelvic floor physical therapists are experienced and licensed by the state of Michigan. We are active in national and international research programs and medical associations.

GROW is offered at Beaumont outpatient facilities in several communities throughout the region, including Grosse Pointe, Royal Oak, St. Clair Shores and West Bloomfield. We offer flexible, convenient appointment times to accommodate busy families.

Bowel and/or bladder dysfunction is not ever a normal part of life. There is hope. Our therapists are trained to evaluate each child individually to determine the reason for the dysfunction. An individualized, age appropriate program will be developed to address all contributing factors. The program will include both the child and the family. Specially trained pediatric social workers are available for child or family support if needed.

What causes pelvic floor dysfunction?

Pelvic floor muscle dysfunction is a main contributor to urinary and bowel problems. Many different factors may cause muscle dysfunction, including:

  • habitual holding patterns
  • constipation
  • dietary considerations
  • decreased pelvic floor strength
  • increased pelvic floor muscle tightness
  • genetics
  • lack of pelvic floor muscle coordination
  • neuropsychiatric disorders (ADD/ADHD)

The Beaumont GROW Program may be able to help if your child is experiencing:

  • stress urinary incontinence - leaking with coughing, laughing, sneezing, or any time your child doesn't mean to go
  • frequency - increased or decreased voiding frequency
  • urgency - "gotta go" feeling
  • urge incontinence - leaking with a strong urge
  • bowel leakage or bowel staining
  • constipation
  • incomplete emptying of the bowel or bladder

Talk to your doctor and ask for a referral to the Beaumont GROW Program at Beaumont pelvic floor physical therapy. There is hope.