Pelvic Pain & Pelvic Floor Dsyfunction

Pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction are some of the main causes of urinary incontinence. Nearly one in five Americans suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction at some point in their lifetimes.

The pelvic floor consists of several muscles and other types of tissue that work much like a sling to keep pelvic and abdominal organs supported and in place.

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a broad term that refers to conditions caused by weakened or tightened muscles in the pelvic floor, as well as certain problems with the lower back and hip joints. These problems can be a result of pregnancy, childbirth, poor posture, infection, injury, or surgery.

Although very common in women, these conditions can also be found in men and even young children. It can be treated with certain surgeries, but more and more people are turning to physical therapy treatments to regain bladder control and reduce pelvic pain and dysfunction.

  • Biofeedback is a way of training your body to make certain changes that will benefit your health. In this case, the patient can be trained to strengthen or relax the muscles in the pelvic area, helping to reduce pain and incontinence without surgical intervention.
  • Exercises to Improve Function are often used to treat pelvic floor dysfunction. Your physical therapist will help you target specific areas that will promote abdominal strength and lessen pain.
  • Relaxation Techniques are also used to help patients learn how to ease their pelvic pain by learning exercises to relax the muscles in the pelvic area.
  • Myofascial Release is a treatment method used by the physical therapists at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women to treat and prevent pelvic pain and urinary incontinence. This technique involves applying pressure to the connective tissues in the pelvic area of the body which helps to relax the muscles and relieve the pain in that area.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with our physical therapists specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction, call Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women’s Physical Therapy Team.

Johnnie Kleinschmidt, PT, PRPC
Helen Grimes, PT
Mary Lynn Bounds, PTA


Physical Therapy
Lake Charles Memorial
Hospital for Women
1890 W. Gauthier Road, Suite 125
Lake Charles, LA 70605
337-480-7208