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, DPT
1890 W. Gauthier Road, Suite 125
Lake Charles, LA 70605