Pelvic Floor Disorders
Incontinence affects millions of people at one time or another. Childbirth and menopause sometimes lead to urinary and fecal incontinence in women, but it’s wrong to say that they always do, and men can suffer from these conditions, too.
Pelvic health is not just about urinary incontinence and pelvic pain. It can also be about mobility, sexual health, weight management, hip/joint replacement, and digestive disorders. Irritable bowel syndrome, tailbone fractures, colorectal surgeries and removal of the prostate are factors leading to pelvic floor disorders that cause loss of control.
When an adult loses control of their bladder or bowel functions, it damages self-confidence and independence. A simple day is not so simple anymore.
There are many possible causes, and an equal number of simple and effective treatment options.
Physical therapy can help patients regain control, typically, in a once per week program lasting eight weeks. When prescribed by your doctor, your physical therapy should be covered by Medicare and most third party insurance carriers.
Each individual’s program is designed to correct their particular circumstances. Typically, therapies to help pelvic floor disorders include:
- Evaluation of the sacral and pelvic floor musculature
- Electromyography (biofeedback) evaluation of the pelvic floor muscles
- Bladder diary and diet modifications/education
- Instruction/training of the pelvic floor muscles during lifting and exertion
- Pelvic Floor muscle re-education/strengthening/training using biofeedback
- Instruction in proper posture for fecal elimination
- Electrical stimulation for pelvic floor re-education and strengthening
- Abdominal stabilization exercises for pelvic girdle support
Like other In Motion physical therapy programs, the pelvic floor disorder program includes a detailed home exercise program with ongoing patient education.