So many individuals are suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction, yet for most, the problems go unidentified and untreated. Statistics say that 1 out of every 5 Americans (of every age) suffer from some type of pelvic floor dysfunction at some time in their life.
What is pelvic floor dysfunction?
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a disorder in the muscles and/or nerves of the pelvic floor, or in the surrounding skeletal structure. The pelvic floor muscles surround the urethra, rectum, vagina and prostate.
The tissues surrounding the pelvic organs may have increased or decreased sensitivity and or irritation resulting in pelvic pain. Therefore, if there is a dysfunction in these muscles and nerves it can result in urinary, bowel or sexual dysfunction and pain in men, women and children.
What causes Pelvic floor dysfunction?
There are many possible causes that may together or independently to cause the dysfunction and pain:
- Infections (usually undiagnosed)
- Pregnancy or childbirth
- Insidious onset
- Trauma(e.g. bad fall)
- Result of surgery
- Poor posture from chronic low back and pelvic joint dysfunction
- Chronic Gastrointestinal syndromes
Patients are referred to Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy because they have one or more of the following problems:
Disorders of the bladder
- IC (interstitial cystitis
Disorders of the Bowel
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Feeling of fullness/abdominal pain, pressure, bloating
- Dysparenuia (pain with sexual intercourse)