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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Symptoms

posted on December 30th, 2015 under Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

There are many different symptoms which manifest themselves as a result of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. Quite often, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is a multi-dimensional diagnosis consisting of several symptoms. These can include but are not limited to: urinary issues, bowel problems, sexual dysfunction, and/or unexplained pain in the pelvis and low back areas. The following is a list of the most common Pelvic Floor Dysfunction symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms, you should discuss them with your physician.

  • Urinary / Bladder Incontinence: Loss of bladder control, ranging from mild leaking to uncontrollable wetting.
  • Stress Incontinence: Involuntary emission of urine when pressure within the abdomen increases suddenly, as in coughing or jumping.
  • Urinary Hesitancy: Difficulty urinating or weak urine stream.
  • Ischuria / Urinary Retention: Inability to empty the bladder.
  • Interstitial Cystitis: Also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome. Recurring pain or discomfort in the bladder and surrounding pelvic region.
  • Fecal / Bowel Incontinence: Inability to control bowel movements, causing stool (feces) to leak unexpectedly from the rectum.
  • Constipation: Painful or difficult bowel movements, usually associated with hardened feces.
  • Bloated or Heavy Feeling in the Abdomen
  • Pelvic Pain, Low Back Pain, Hip Pain, and/or Groin Pain
  • Coccydynia: Tailbone pain.
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Rectocele, enterocele, cystocele, or urethrocele. Pelvic organs collapse into the vagina resulting in a painful bulge or protrusion through the vaginal canal.
  • Female Sexual Dysfunction: Painful intercourse, Vaginismus, or vestibular pain.
  • Male Sexual Dysfunction: Erectile Dysfunction, testicular and/or penile pain or numbness.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: An Introduction

posted on December 21st, 2015 under Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

What is the Pelvic Floor?

The Pelvic Floor is the muscular base of the abdomen, attached to the pelvis. Both men and women have a Pelvic Floor. These muscles and the tissues surrounding them function to support the pelvic organs and keep them in place – you can visualize them as a hammock or a sling which cradles the pelvic organs. In women, the pelvic organs include the bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum. In men, the pelvic organs include the prostate, bladder, rectum, and seminal vesicles. The Pelvic Floor muscles help these organs operate, and also play a vital role in sexual function.

The Pelvic Floor consists of three muscle layers:

  • Transverse Abdominals: The deepest and lowest abdominal muscles.
  • Multifidi: The deepest spine muscles.
  • Iliopsoas: Deep fibers of the anterior hip muscles.

What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is the disruption of bladder, bowel, or sexual function due to restrictions of the muscles and nerves of the lower abdominal and pelvic areas. Often these various disorders can result in pain, pressure, or discomfort in the rectum, bladder, vagina, penis, sacrum (lowest part of the spine), or coccyx (tailbone). People with pelvic floor disorders may experience urinary problems, such as an urgent need to urinate, painful urination or incomplete emptying of the bladder, constipation, straining or pain during bowel movements, and/or pain or pressure in the vagina or rectum.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction can have a significant impact on quality of life. Many people with pelvic health issues feel embarrassed to discuss their sexual, urinary, or bowel problems, but don’t realize that their symptoms can be resolved – usually without surgery. Talking with a compassionate Pelvic Floor Specialist can help you understand your diagnosis, and provide you with effective pelvic floor therapy. At Tigard Physical Therapy, our goal is to help you return to a normal lifestyle and the activities that you love.

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