Millions of Americans suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction, yet for most, the disease goes unidentified and untreated. Statistics say that one out of every five Americans, of every age, suffer from some type of pelvic floor dysfunction at some point in their life. Pelvic floor dysfunction is not just a women’s disorder, men and children can be affected as well.
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles in the lower abdomen, pelvis and perineum. These muscles form a sling and assist in supporting the abdominal and pelvic organs, as well as help bladder and bowel control and sexual activity.
What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems that occur when the muscles of the pelvic floor fail to work properly. Symptoms may include:
- Frequent need to urinate or presence of leakage
- Feeling of being unable to have a complete bowel movement or several bowel movements in a short period of time
- Constipation or straining
- Pain during urination or intercourse
- Pain in your low back, sacroiliac joint or coccyx
- Fecal incontinence
In many cases, the exact cause of pelvic floor dysfunction is unknown but some common causes are:
- Low back or SI dysfunction
- Postural or muscular imbalance
- Normal aging process
- Post-surgical treatment
Common Conditions We Treat
- Pelvic Pain (Dysparuenia, Vaginismus)
- Urinary Incontinence
- Urinary Frequency & Urgency
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Fecal Incontinence
- Pre-Op/Post-Op Pelvic Floor Disorders
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Pregnancy and Postpartum Disorders
A physical therapist, specifically trained to treat pelvic floor dysfunction, will evaluate and treat any joint dysfunction, muscle tightness, muscle weakness or imbalance or nerve involvement. They are trained to identify and develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient.
If you think you are suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction, call us today at 1-855-5DRAYER to speak to a knowledgeable staff member about getting physical therapy help.