Treatment Of Pelvic Dysfunction: The pelvis is a structure that has the shape of a basin below the abdominal part of the body. Moreover, this part of the body supports abdominal organs (e.g. the bladder, uterus (or prostate in men), the rectum).
However, pelvic floor dysfunction is a condition where one is not able to control muscles of the pelvic floor in order to conveniently relax and urinate or have a bowel movement (pee or poo).
This condition makes you have trouble stooling; an incomplete excretion and urine or stool that leaks uncontrollably.
How Does One Feel When They Have Pelvic Dysfunction?
If you have any of these symptoms, speak with your healthcare provider, you probably need to undergo some tests or scan to confirm if this condition is present.
- Frequent Constipation
- Difficulty in defecating: pushing really hard to pass a bowel movement
- Experiencing a frequent need to visit the bathroom
- Having to change positions on the toilet or using your hand to help eliminate stool
- Pain in the abdominal region
- Erectile dysfunction
- Lower back pain
What Causes Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
These are some factors which may lead to malfunctioning of the Pelvic Floor in many people.
- Severe injuries to the pelvic area (as a result of a car accident for example).
- Overstretching the pelvic muscles (e.g. when you push too hard), eventually leading to poor muscle coordination.
- Surgery of the Pelvis.
- Hereditary condition. A poor pelvic function can be as a result of genetics
Diagnosis of Pelvic Floor Disorder
Medical personnel may perform the following diagnostics tests for pelvic floor disorders:
- Computed Tomography (CT) scans
- Cystoscopy, to check out for inflammation or obstructions in the pelvic area.
- MRI and ultrasound.
- Anal Manometry. This involves insertion into the rectum to test how strong the muscles that control the bowels are.
- Anoscopy — an examination done to assess complications of the anal tube.
- Defecography. An x-ray done to examine what happens when you empty your rectum.
- Physiological observation to detect any nerve damage.
Treatment for Pelvic Floor Disorder / Dysfunction
There are Minimally Invasive Surgery for Pelvic Floor Disorders as well as non-surgical treatment options
Firstly, The Minimally Invasive Surgery
The following surgical procedures could be used to treat pelvic floor disorders depending on specific symptoms: Mid-Urethral Sling; Burch Colposuspension; Fascia Pubovaginal Sling; Botox Injection of the Bladder; Bulking Agents; Sacral Nerve Stimulation for Overactive Bladder (OAB); Muscle relaxers.
- Non-Surgical Therapies for Pelvic Floor Disorders
- Medication, may be prescribed by your physician.
- Neuromodulation therapy which includes sacral nerve and peripheral nerve stimulation.
- Dietary changes including increased fluid intake and exclusion of certain inflammatory foods and drinks like caffeine and spicy foods.
- Physiotherapy for Pelvic Health focuses on retraining and strengthening the muscles of the pelvic floor. We, as Physiotherapists can put you through pelvic floor exercise regardless of your age or gender, and whether or not you have given birth as a woman, you can do it. If you are planning to become pregnant, or are pregnant now, doing pelvic floor exercises can help to avoid dysfunction in the future.
In conclusion, reinstating your pelvic function and your quality of life is top priority for our team. Through diagnosis and evaluation, our Physical Therapists work with you to create a personalized care plan to help you to be free from the burdens of pelvic dysfunction.
Visit Effective Physiotherapy and Fitness Clinic at No 2 D, Ajumgobia Close, opposite con oil, Kado Estate, Abuja, FCT.
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