Emory Hillandale Hospital offers specialized pelvic floor therapy for men and women suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD).
The pelvic floor muscles have four main functions:
- To support the abdominal organs, including the rectum and bladder
- To help control urination and bowel movement
- To assist in sexual intercourse
- To aide women in delivering babies
PFD occurs when patients lose some aspect of control over these muscles, which can happen in a variety of ways. Often, dysfunction occurs due to inability to contract (weakness), inability to relax, or inability to coordinate the muscles with bowel and bladder function.
Symptoms of PFD include incontinence (involuntary loss of urine or stool), chronic constipation, pain in the genital and/or abdominal region and pain during sexual intercourse. Besides being physically uncomfortable, these symptoms often create a social and hygiene problems for both men and women. They are not a normal part of aging or a disease process. Fortunately, they are treatable with pelvic floor therapy.
Emory Hillandale offers a comprehensive program of pelvic floor physical therapy, specializing in diagnosis and treatment for:
- Chronic constipation
- Bowel or bladder incontinence
- Pelvic pain
- Proctalgia wigwags (levator ani syndrome) - Severe, spasm-like pain in the anus
- Coccygodynia - Pain in or around the coccyx (tailbone)
- Pudendal neuralgia – Pain in the nerves that run through the pelvic region, including the genitals, urethra, anus and perineum
- Surgical scarring
- Interstitial cystitis - Pelvic pain or discomfort related to the bladder, typically associated with urinary frequency and urgency. Also called chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS), painful bladder syndrome (PBS) or bladder pain syndrome (BPS).
- Dyspareunia - Painful sexual intercourse
- Vulvodynia - Pain, itching or burning in the vulva (the area around the opening of the vagina)
- Vulvar vestibulitis – Inflammation of the skin, usually on the lower part of the vagina
- Tension myalgia – Pain in the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder and rectum and, in women, the uterus and vagina
- Vaginismus – Vaginal pain due to tightness of the vagina
- Pelvic floor laxity, including:
- Cystoceles - Protrusion or prolapse of the bladder against or into the vagina
- Enteroceles - Protrusion or prolapse of the small bowel against or into the vagina
- Rectoceles - Protrusion or prolapse of the rectum against or the vagina
- Pelvic muscle weakness or pain from surgery and/or cancer treatment
- Genital swelling or lymphedema (fluid retention)
- Abdominal/visceral mobility and motility dysfunction
Contact us for more information on pelvic floor physical therapy.