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Dr. Kari Hough Pelvic Physical Therapist women's health Ellicott City Howard County MD

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I'm Dr. Kari.

I’m so glad you found Restore! As a pelvic floor physical therapist, I’m on a mission to help women feel their best and achieve optimal pelvic health.

My journey towards becoming a pelvic floor physical therapist began with my studies at Trine University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I earned my doctorate in physical therapy. While I was there, I started experiencing my own pelvic floor issues. This personal struggle sparked a deep interest in women’s health and pelvic floor rehabilitation, and it was then that I discovered my true passion. I have since dedicated my career to helping women overcome pelvic floor issues and live their best lives.

As the owner of Restore, I’m deeply committed to providing my patients with the highest level of care and attention. Creating a warm and welcoming environment where women can feel comfortable and supported throughout their healing journey is incredibly important to me. I take pride in getting to know my patients on a personal level, so they feel like they have a trusted ally by their side.

I believe that taking care of both our physical and mental health is essential to living a fulfilling life.

When I’m not working with my patients at the clinic, you can find me taking leisurely walks with my husband, Cory, or cozying up on the couch for a good Netflix binge. I’m also passionate about staying active and pushing myself physically, whether that means challenging myself to a CrossFit workout or going for a run. And, of course, no day is complete without a good cup of coffee! I’m a big fan of cold brew, especially during the warmer months. 

Taking care of my physical and mental health is a top priority for me, and I believe it’s important to practice what I preach to my patients. Whether I’m hitting the gym or indulging in some downtime, I strive to maintain a healthy balance in all aspects of my life. I look forward to getting to know you and working together to achieve your pelvic health goals!

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fun facts about me

Let's Get Personal

favorite activity

My favorite weekend activity is visiting local coffee shops with my husband, Cory.

workout

Most mornings, you can find me working out bright and early at Recharge.​

weather

Despite growing up in Michigan, I absolutely hate cold weather. ​

guilty pleasure

My guilty pleasure is watching ABC’s reality TV show, The Bachelor.

WHAT WE TREAT

CONDITIONS

We specialize in treating a variety of pelvic floor conditions. Whether you’re experiencing pain or discomfort during intercourse, urinary or bowel incontinence, or other pelvic floor dysfunction, we have the expertise and tools to help you find relief.

PAINFUL INTERCOURSE

Painful sex can be physically crippling and emotionally exhausting. Whether your’e struggling to have penetrative sex, tolerate a pelvic exam, or insert a tampon, your pelvic floor is involved. Dr. Kari has specialized training to treat sexual dysfunction of your pelvic floor and help you return to pleasurable sex.

URINARY 
LEAKING

Whether you’re nervous when you cough or sneeze or avoid exercise all together, leaking can be annoying and embarrassing. You don’t have to settle with leaking because you have had a baby or are entering menopause. Dr. Kari can help you retrain your pelvic muscles to control the flow.

FREQUENCY &
URGENCY

Do you find yourself constantly stressing to find a bathroom every time you leave your house? Leak a little if you can’t make it to the toilet in time? Or maybe you blame your frequent trips to the bathroom on your “small” bladder? Pelvic floor physical therapy can help regain control of your bossy bladder!

CONTSTIPATION

Everyone poops.. But when things aren’t moving like they should, it’s miserable. For some, it may be embarrassing to talk about this bowel problem, but constipation can greatly impact people’s lives. As pelvic floor physical therapists, we get it. Dr. Kari can help to get your constipation on the right track.

PROLAPSE

When the muscles and tissues that support your pelvis become weak or stretched, your uterus, bladder, or rectum can drop down from their normal positioning. You may feel a heaviness or bulge inside your vagina. It sounds and feels much scarier than it is, we promise! The good news is that pelvic floor physical therapy is proven to help.

PELVIC PAIN

Pelvic pain is any pain that occurs in the pelvic region. Pain may be constant, intermittent, or even worsen with menstruation. Symptoms may exacerbate with bladder, bowel, or sexual function. Common conditions include Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis, and Pudendal Neuralgia. In any case, Dr. Kari can help treat your pelvic pain.

PREGNANCY

Starting as early as your first trimester, pelvic physical therapy can help to decrease pain as well as minimize pelvic floor and abdominal wall issues during pregnancy. Dr. Kari can also provide guidance on birth positions, pushing techniques, and perineal massage to prepare for childbirth.

POSTPARTUM

Whether you’ve had a vaginal or cesarean delivery, your body had to change and adapt through pregnancy and now postpartum. Postpartum recovery deserves a rehab plan of its own. Dr. Kari can help you recover from childbirth, rebuild your strength, and safely return to exercise.

DIASTASIS RECTI

A separation in your abdominal musculature is common during the pregnancy and postpartum time period. Whether you see a bulge down the middle of your stomach or you feel weak or “disconnected” to your abs, it’s never too late to start rebuilding strength and control of your core!

treatment options

Services

At our clinic, we understand that every woman’s journey towards optimal pelvic health is unique. That’s why we offer a range of personalized treatment options designed to address a variety of pelvic health issues.

Internal Pelvic Care

Manual Therapy

Functional Training

Bowel & Bladder Training

Breathwork

Strength Exercises

Self Management Strategies

Relaxation and Mindfulness

Movement Assessment & Strategies

Out of network

Transparent Billing

At Restore, you know exactly what you pay before your session. One of the biggest barriers our ladies experience is medical costs. We make every effort to minimize confusing billing, and help you get reimbursed for your care. As a courtesy, our team can explore your insurance benefits for a complete financial picture. Submit your email below to receive the insurance preauthorization form.  
 
There are no surprise bills. Since we are an OUT OF NETWORK facility, you pay at the time of your session. After your session, we provide you with an itemized bill that can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. For added flexibility we also accept HSA/FSA cards.

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