Physical Therapy for the Pelvic Floor

Physical Therapy for the Pelvic Floor

Pelvic pain can be a game-stopper. Like back pain, it interferes with your daily life and sleep patterns. One of the primary reasons for pelvic pain, especially when you haven’t been involved in an accident or fall, is a pelvic floor disorder. Fortunately, physical therapy for the pelvic floor is an effective, non-invasive treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction. At the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, NY, you have access to a range of specialists to successfully ease your pain and stop your other symptoms. Call today for a checkup.

A therapeutic treatment for women and men, pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) strengthens the muscles of your pelvic floor. This type of physical therapy also acts as a preventative measure against pelvic floor dysfunction and other pelvic floor disorders. If you perform PFPT exercises regularly, you prevent many pelvic muscular issues, including:

The pelvic floor is a bowl-shaped arrangement of muscles, ligaments and nerves. These connective tissues form a safety net that underpins your bladder, rectum and uterus (in women). When the muscles of your pelvic floor are excessively close or stressed, they cause a condition called myofascial pain. Pelvic floor disorders strike women and men, but women aged 60 and older are the most susceptible.

Causes of Pelvic Floor Conditions

Weakened pelvic floor muscles aren’t a normal part of aging, and you don’t have to live with the consequences. The symptoms can be reversed with pelvic floor physical therapy at the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Queens, NY. Seek treatment early to prevent more serious conditions. Your best bet as a woman is to get checked regularly by your gynecologist.

While doctors don’t yet understand what causes all types of pelvic floor disorders, they most often stem from activities and lifestyle choices, such as:

Diagnosing the Symptoms

Because myofascial pelvic pain is similar to that of other conditions, some general practitioners may misdiagnose the source. Your specialist at Medex rules out other reasons for your pain, such as fibroids or bladder issues. After discussing your symptoms, you may be directed to keep a bladder diary for a certain amount of time to track how often you go.

You also may need to undergo one or more diagnostic tests, as determined by your specialist. The tests include a:

Once your Queens doctor reaches a diagnosis, the first treatment option — and the least invasive — is usually pelvic floor physical therapy. PFPT is a better option than medications, since drugs don’t address the cause of your pain, like PFPT does, although small dosages of a muscle relaxant or muscular neurotoxin, such as Botox, eases your pain temporarily. When you catch your symptoms early, PFPT can completely reverse them.

What Is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

Pelvic floor physical therapy includes exercises that stretch, relax and strengthen the muscles of your lower pelvis — that is, your pelvic floor muscles. Since it’s not always easy to isolate these muscles, you have to work with a therapist to get the exercises right, and you must practice them at home. Similar to Kegel exercises, PFPT strengthens your pelvic floor, relieving myofascial pelvic pain and eliminating other issues, such as urinary and fecal incontinence.

Biofeedback measures your progress. Before you begin your exercises, your physical therapist puts biofeedback sensors on your vaginal or rectal wall to check the quality of the muscle tone and muscle contractions. The results are stored and then compared to new readings taken at regular intervals while you do the exercises.

A Surprising Therapy

Pelvic floor physical therapy works, with a success rate as high as any other physical therapy regimen. Keep up with the exercises and the physical therapy visits. After practicing for four to six weeks, going to physical therapy sessions once or twice a week, you’ll feel improvement. You may need as long as three months to experience a significant change. Your personal results depend on the seriousness of your case.

If you feel any unusual or uncomfortable sensations in your pelvis or groin, tell your primary care doctor so that you can be referred to an expert physical therapist within the Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center facility. It’s one of the perks of making a multi-specialty practice your first stop for medical care. The sooner you visit your Queens therapist, the better chance you have of preventing more serious complications. Contact Medex today.

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