If you’re like nearly half of all women in the United States, you may require pelvic floor rehabilitation at some point in your life. Signs you may need this kind of therapy include painful urination and urinary incontinence that interrupt your life. At Aventura OB/GYN & Associates in Miami and Hallandale, Florida, the experienced team of doctors offers effective solutions for treating these conditions, including pelvic floor rehabilitation, to improve pelvic muscle strength and health. To learn more about pelvic floor rehabilitation, schedule an appointment online or by phone.
Your pelvic floor includes your bladder, uterus, bowel, and rectum. Over time, and as the result of childbirth or surgery, your pelvic floor muscles and connective tissues stretch out and weaken, causing issues like:
Weak pelvic muscles can also lead to a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse. This occurs when your pelvic organs collapse into your vaginal canal, causing a visible and uncomfortable protrusion that can interfere with your daily routine and make sexual intercourse painful.
Your doctor reviews your symptoms and medical history to rule out other possible medical conditions. They perform a pelvic exam to evaluate the severity of the prolapse.
In many cases, your doctor may initially try pelvic floor rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your pelvic organs. This includes postural exercises and relaxation techniques. Your doctor creates a customized treatment plan to reduce your issues and prevent more significant damage to your pelvic muscles and organs.
Your doctor may also suggest biofeedback, a muscle retraining treatment that uses special sensors to show muscle activity. The procedure is painless and provides you and your doctor with valuable information about controlling your pelvic floor strength by using the right muscles.
Medications, including low-dose muscle relaxers, can also help treat pelvic floor dysfunction. Your doctor may encourage you to try other relaxation techniques, including warm baths and yoga stretches to relax your pelvic muscles further.
Rehabilitative therapy affects everyone differently, but you can expect to achieve decreased pain levels and better control over urination and bowels.
If your pelvic floor muscles weaken so severely that your organs fall into the vaginal canal, a condition called pelvic prolapse, your doctor may recommend laser treatments to strengthen weak pelvic muscles or surgical intervention, including a bladder sling, to reposition fallen organs.
Your doctor initially tries rehabilitation therapies to treat conditions like urinary incontinence and prevent prolapse. However, if these treatments aren’t effective, surgery may be your best option.
To learn more about available treatments for pelvic floor dysfunction, schedule a consultation at Aventura OB/GYN & Associates.