The pelvic floor is a group of connective tissue, ligaments and muscle that supports your uterus, bladder and vagina. Without it, these organs could not function. The pelvic floor is essential to women's health. When this hammock-like muscle is damaged or weakened, women can develop three common disorders:
Pelvic floor disorders come with an array of symptoms depending on the condition itself. Every disorder is different and affects the body in various ways. Some symptoms you could experience with a pelvic organ prolapse include:
If you think you may have bladder control problems, you can experience symptoms like:
Fecal incontinence has accompanying symptoms, such as:
If you believe you might be suffering from a pelvic floor disorder, you should consult with your gynecologist or a doctor right away. They will determine whether women's physical therapy (PT) can help you. If your doctor approves, a PT clinic can begin personalizing a pelvic floor rehabilitation program for you.
A physical therapist's help and the right pelvic floor rehab exercises can alleviate symptoms and help you take back control over your life. Pelvic floor therapy often includes a range of treatments, including:
The treatment you undergo will be customized to you and the current condition of your pelvic floor. Your physical therapist will explain the benefits of the treatment and explain why it will work best for you. We'll do whatever we can to help you feel comfortable and open to a successful recovery.
Pelvic floor therapy can make a world of difference, and most women who commit to their pelvic floor physical therapy program see success. Physical therapy aims to strengthen your pelvic floor through specific exercises. Depending on the severity of the injury, proper physical therapy can result in a stronger group of muscles that better supports your organ function, letting you live life to the fullest.
If you have been diagnosed with a pelvic floor disorder, ask your doctor about physical therapy. Absolute Physical Therapy offers quality care from physical therapists with experience in innovative, effective treatments that can help you get your life back on track. Contact us today to learn more about our programs!
More than half of women over the age of 55 experience issues that stem from pelvic floor disorders. So, if you are suffering from any of the problems below, rest assured you are not alone—and there is treatment.
Women experiencing any of the above symptoms should consult with their doctor to get a proper diagnosis and discuss whether physical therapy is an option—and, if it is, our physical therapists can provide the personalized treatment you need to regain control of your habits and better enjoy life.
Though pelvic floor disorders and dysfunctions most commonly affect women 55 and older, they—like most other disorders and dysfunctions—do not discriminate and can sometimes affect much younger women, especially after childbirth, surgery, or any other type of trauma.
At Blue Sky Therapy, our therapists are experienced working with women of all ages, who suffer from pelvic floor disorders or weakness for a wide variety of reasons. When you visit one of our physical therapy centers, your therapist will work closely with you to develop a personalized plan that address your specific symptoms.