Many common physical ailments—like sprained ankles and low back pain, for example—can usually be discussed with a healthcare provider and addressed without much pause. But other health issues are a bit more personal, and as a result, aren’t always easy to bring up to your doctor. One condition that usually falls in the second category is pelvic floor dysfunction in New York City, which is more common that you probably think. Fortunately, our physical therapists see patients with this complaint often, and we can offer an effective, comprehensive program to address it.
Approximately one in five individuals in the U.S. suffers from some form of pelvic floor dysfunction at some point in their life, but the problem is not always addressed due to its personal nature. This means that millions of Americans are currently dealing with pelvic floor-related symptoms, and many are simply living with the pain and discomfort because they may not entirely understand what’s wrong or how to fix it.
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and other tissues that form a “sling” from the pubic bone to the tailbone. These structures assist in supporting the abdominal and pelvic organs, and help to control the bladder, bowels, and sexual activity. While most people think of the core muscles as the abdominal and perhaps the lower back muscles, the pelvic floor is another major group that will affect the rest of the body. Good pelvic stability will have a positive effect on spinal alignment, knee stability, hip function, and many other areas of the body, while poor stability can throw the entire system out of whack.
Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems that occur when these pelvic floor muscles are weak or tight, or if there’s an impairment of the lower back and/or hips. In these cases, the tissues surrounding the pelvic organs may have increased or decreased sensitivity, or there may be some irritation, which can result in a variety of symptoms. Pelvic floor dysfunction may be due to pregnancy or childbirth-related issues, poor posture from low back or hip pain, direct trauma, or surgery, or in many cases the cause is unknown. Symptoms and potential complications may include:
- Pain in the lower back that is unrelated to other causes
- Ongoing pain in the pelvic region, genitals, or rectum with or without a bowel movement
- Painful urination
- Pain during sexual activity (for both males and females)
- Leakage of stool or urine during exercise or exertion
- Tailbone pain
- Nerve pain in the pelvic region
- Infertility/reproductive issues
- Abdominal surgery
- Cancers of the pelvic region
Typical physical therapy protocol for pelvic floor dysfunction in New York City
Pelvic floor dysfunction in New York City can be a complex issue that requires the care of experts who are familiar with its many possible nuances. Our physical therapists and acupuncturist see patients with pelvic floor issues frequently, and we are committed to identifying the source of the symptoms and then developing a personalized and comprehensive treatment program that addresses them. Each program is unique and depends on the patient’s evaluation, but most will include the following components:
- Pelvic floor strengthening exercises
- Manual therapy
- Posture retraining and education
- Transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS)
- Myofascial release
So if you’re dealing with symptoms that may be related to pelvic floor dysfunction in New York City but are no sure what to do about it, we are here to help. Contact Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment today, or click herefor more information on pelvic floor dysfunction.