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Incontinence and Pelvic Pain

Incontinence and Pelvic Pain

Don’t be embarrassed! Pelvic floor disorders (PFDs) such as urinary incontinence and pelvic pain are very common and are experienced by at least 10% of the American population. However, that doesn’t mean they are a normal part of aging.  Unfortunately, there can be so much shame and stigmas surrounding these conditions that many people suffer alone and never pursue treatment.

Today, a wide variety of treatments for PFDs exist.  Many of these treatments are available through a physical therapist – no surgery or medication required.

 

Urinary Continence

The involuntary loss of urine can lead to social or hygienic concerns. Stress incontinence can occur with increases in abdominal pressure, such as coughing, sneezing and laughing. Urge incontinence is the involuntary loss of urine in association with a strong desire to urinate. Mixed incontinence is a combination of stress and urge incontinence.

Physical therapy offers elective treatment options such as pelvic floor muscle exercises, bladder retraining and use of biofeedback to help restore continence and healthy bladder habits.

 

Pelvic Pain & Dysfunction

Pelvic pain and dysfunction can be caused by muscle, nerve or joint problems of the lumbosacral/pelvic girdle region. It can also arise post-surgically or from trauma and abuse. People with pelvic pain and dysfunction often experience a multitude of difficulties with sitting, walking, defecation, urination and intercourse. Typically this condition leads to the impairment of the pelvic floor muscles to both relax and contract.

Pelvic floor relaxation techniques, manual therapy, modalities, biofeedback and exercises are physical therapy approaches to help decrease pain and restore function.

Your pelvic floor physical therapist will work with your physician to develop a plan of care to best treat your pelvic floor dysfunction. If you have questions, please call Priority Physical Therapy.