Women’s Health: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Did you know that twenty percent of American women suffer with some form of pelvic pain which is also known as pelvic floor dysfunction? For many Americans the pain is unidentifiable and goes untreated
What is Pelvic Floor Pain?
There are tissues and muscles in your pelvic area which form a sling that goes from the pubic bone to the tailbone which assists in supporting the pelvic organs as well as the abdominal organs; this is called the pelvic floor. The support from the pelvic floor helps control the bladder, bowels and sexual activity. When these pelvic floor muscles are tight, weak or there is an impairment in the hop joint or lower back, a wide variety of problems can occur. This irritation or an increased/decreased sensitivity of the tissues surrounding the pelvic organs is what causes the pelvic pain.
What causes Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Below are a few causes that causes that could be a result of this dysfunction:
- Pregnancy or childbirth
- Infections that are undiagnosed
- Poor Posture from Chronic Low Back
- Trauma from a bad fall
- Insidious onset
Should I be referred to a Physical Therapist?
If you have one or more of the below symptoms you should consider seeing a Physical Therapist.
- Disorders of the bladder such as
- Urinary-Frequency Syndrome: urinary frequency, urgency or hesitancy
- Interstitial Cystitis: a.k.a. Painful bladder syndrome
- Urinary Incontinence: a loss of urine from the bladder due to muscle weakness or muscle spasm/tightness
- Sexual Dysfunctions
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Stomach feeling full which creates abdominal pressure and bloating
- Pelvic Pain/Dysfunction such as
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: Infection of reproductive organs with pelvic adhesions or scar tissue formation
- Pudendal Neuralgia
- Vaginismus: Muscle Spasms creating an inability to penetrate the vagina
- Pelvic Congestion
- Lichens sclerosis and Planus: Skin lesions that are inflamed; narrowing of the vagina may occur with scarring and adhesions
- Lichens sclerosis: Skin eruption that is chronic; creates lesions that are associated with itching, painful intercourse and burning
- Coccydynia: Pain found near or in the tailbone area
- Post-surgical procedures such as hernia, laparoscopy, hysterectomy, appendectomy, caesarean section, episiotomy and prostatectomy
How can Physical Therapy help with treatment?
At Fusion Physical Therapy, our physical therapists will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan customized for you based on your needs. Treatments at Fusion Physical Therapy may include:
- Trigger Point Dry Needle
- Deep Tissue Massage
- Heat and Cold Therapy
- Soft Tissue Mobilization (External and Internal)
- Connective Tissue Manipulation
Contact Fusion Physical Therapy at https://lawtonphysicaltherapy.com/book-an-appointment/ today to set up an appointment with our trained physical therapists to create the best treatment plan for you which will allow you to enjoy your daily activities with less pain.