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Pelvic Health Specialty

Don’t suffer in silence…regain your freedom

Our bodies go through many changes during a lifetime—some of which can cause discomfort or embarrassment. Instead of asking a health care provider for help, many times people assume that it is just part of the aging process —and choose to suffer in silence.

Unfortunately, some of these changes result in health issues that can seriously impact a person’s quality of life—issues ranging from the frequent need to go to the bathroom, urinary leakage, pain with intimacy, to pain or pressure in the pelvic area. These are often symptoms of a pelvic floor disorder.

The good news is that pelvic floor disorders are common and treatable. At least one-third of all women—and half of all women age 55 and older—are affected by pelvic floor disorders. With an accurate diagnosis, most can find the relief they need.

Prenatal and Postpartum

Fluctuating hormones and changes in posture can cause dysfunction during the prenatal and postpartum periods. During pregnancy the body produces hormones which aid in maintaining pregnancy and allowing the woman’s body to accommodate the growing fetus. These hormones can contribute to increased joint mobility which can make standing, walking, and even going up and down stairs a difficult or painful task. As a woman’s body changes, some muscles can become too tight, while others become stretched and weak. The postural changes associated with pregnancy can also lead to pain secondary to ligamentous laxity. Pregnancy and child birth can cause trauma to the pelvic floor muscles which can result in urinary leakage during or shortly after giving birth.

Understanding pelvic floor disorders

The pelvic floor represents a group of muscles that help to support the viscera and organs including the uterus, bladder, and rectum. The pelvic floor muscles also help to support the lumbar spine, the hips, and assists in maintaining posture and balance. Although the main function of the pelvic floor is support, it also aides in maintaining good bowel and bladder control. Pelvic floor disorders can occur when there is a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and connective tissue, which results in a loss of support of the pelvic organs.

While many factors contribute to pelvic floor disorders, problems often start during or after childbirth when the pelvic support system is stretched, injured, or otherwise weakened. Some medical conditions, as well as genetics, obesity, repetitive activities, menopause and aging, can also contribute to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction.

Common conditions caused by pelvic floor disorders

Our team specializes in the evaluation and treatment of problems caused by pelvic floor disorders including:

  • Urinary incontinence – involuntary leakage of urine
  • Overactive bladder – urgency or frequent urination
  • Urinary voiding dysfunction – difficulty emptying the bladder
  • Pelvic organ prolapse –loss of bladder, uterine or rectal support
  • Fecal incontinence – involuntary leakage of stool or gas from the rectum
  • Pelvic pain, Interstitial cystitis, or painful bladder syndromes
  • Sexual dysfunction – painful intercourse, low sex drive
  • Bowel dysfunction – including constipation

Our pelvic health physical therapists are trained specifically in pelvic health therapy and the development of individualized treatment strategies tailored to each patient's needs. Your therapy will always be provided one-on-one in a private treatment room and after an evaluation by your pelvic health therapist, may include the following:

  • Manual treatment specific to your dysfunction
  • Bowel or bladder Retraining
  • Neuro-muscular retraining for dysfunctional muscles
  • Biofeedback
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Therapeutic exercise - including strengthening and stretching
  • Detailed education
  • Individualized home program

Get back to enjoying your life

People today don't have time to put their lives on hold because of uncomfortable, painful or embarrassing symptoms. To get started on your path to living an independent life again, ask your physician for a referral to our program which is covered by most insurance companies.

Centra’s Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Program provides the highest quality of care with holistic, individualized programs, and one-on-one treatment sessions. All of our therapists have had specialized training in Pelvic Floor conditions. Your care, overall health, and well-being are of the utmost importance to our therapists and staff. For more information on this program, please call 434.200.7600.

Treatment is also available for men who are experiencing incontinence or pelvic pain.

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