Physical Therapy for Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a common condition that affects many women, especially as they age. It occurs when the muscles and tissues that support the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, and rectum, become weakened or damaged, leading to the descent or protrusion of one or more of these organs into the vaginal canal.

POP can cause a range of symptoms, including pelvic pressure or fullness, urinary incontinence, constipation, and painful intercourse. While there are many treatment options available for POP, one that is often overlooked is pelvic floor physical therapy. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of incorporating pelvic floor physical therapy in the management of POP.

What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

Pelvic floor physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that focuses on the muscles, ligaments, and tissues that support the pelvic organs. It involves exercises and techniques designed to strengthen these muscles, improve their coordination and function, and alleviate symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction, including POP.

Importance of Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy in the Management of POP

Helps strengthen pelvic floor muscles: Pelvic floor physical therapy is focused on strengthening the muscles that support the pelvic organs, which can help alleviate symptoms of POP. By strengthening these muscles, women can improve the support of their pelvic organs, reducing the likelihood of prolapse.

Teaches proper techniques: Pelvic floor physical therapists can teach women how to perform Kegel exercises correctly, which can help improve pelvic floor muscle strength and reduce symptoms of POP. Additionally, physical therapists can teach women how to avoid behaviors that can increase the risk of prolapse, such as heavy lifting, straining during bowel movements, or chronic coughing.

Non-invasive treatment: Pelvic floor physical therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that can be used as a first-line therapy for POP. It can be used alone or in combination with other treatment options, such as pessaries or surgery.

Helps with recovery after surgery: If surgery is necessary to treat POP, pelvic floor physical therapy can be used to help with recovery. Physical therapists can provide exercises to help women regain strength and function in their pelvic floor muscles, reducing the likelihood of future prolapse.

Improves overall quality of life: POP can have a significant impact on a woman\’s quality of life, including her ability to perform daily activities, sexual function, and emotional well-being. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help alleviate symptoms of POP, improving overall quality of life for women with this condition.

In conclusion, pelvic floor physical therapy is an important treatment option to consider for women with POP. It can help strengthen pelvic floor muscles, teach proper techniques, provide a non-invasive treatment option, aid in recovery after surgery, and improve overall quality of life. If you are experiencing symptoms of POP, speak to a trained physical therapist at Total Performance Physical Therapy in HorshamNorth WalesEast NorritonHarleysville, and Hatfield, PA  about incorporating pelvic floor physical therapy into your treatment plan.


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