Pelvic floor dysfunction, or PFD, is a condition that affects the muscles in the pelvis that attach to the pubic bone, pass underneath the internal organs, and attach to the tailbone. The muscles and tendons of the pelvic floor form a strong support framework for the internal organs, ensuring they stay in place and that you can control the urge to urinate.
If the pelvic floor muscles are damaged or weakened, you can start to experience stress incontinence, which makes you leak urine when you sneeze, cough, or laugh. With PFD, the muscles may also become over tight, which causes pain as well. Dr. Patterson’s team uses the Propelvic Therapy system for pelvic floor rehabilitation, a clinically proven treatment method for PFD.
PFD is a fairly common problem for women and often occurs following childbirth. Women frequently lose tone in their abdominal muscles as the developing fetus stretches, and the supporting tissues of the pelvic floor can experience severe strain during birth. PFD can also develop as a result of:
Aging and a lack of exercise are also common causes of PFD, due to a loss of muscle tone in the pelvic floor.
Pelvic floor therapy is a treatment program that aims to repair, relax, and heal the pelvic floor muscles when they’re damaged, over tight, or weakened. Dr. Patterson first assesses you to find the cause of your symptoms and identify which muscles are affected, then develops a treatment plan with your physical therapist. Conditions that can be helped by pelvic rehabilitation include:
Kegel physical therapy uses specially developed muscle strengthening exercises to give you a pelvic floor workout that strengthens the damaged or weakened muscles. Your female professional therapist shows you how to perform the exercises using a Kegel machine equipped with a TENS unit, and supervises each half-hour session to make sure you’re undertaking the exercises correctly.
The Kegel machine uses FDA-approved technology designed to aid pelvic floor muscle training more effectively than exercises alone. If you’re experiencing any pelvic pain or symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, Alan B. Patterson, MD, and his specialist team can help. Give them a call today, or use the online booking tool.
At Dr. Patterson's practice, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please note that we do not accept Ambetter Medicaid. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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