If you have chronic constipation, there’s about a 50% chance it’s related to pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic floor dysfunction involves the muscles of your pelvic floor and your abdomen, and how they contract and relax when you have a bowel movement.
The symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction can vary, and most of them can be symptoms of other problems as well. For example, lower back pain could be a sign of pelvic floor dysfunction, or it could be due to a strained muscle. This is why it’s important for you to seek medical care from qualified professionals, such as the staff at Urology Center of Florida, when you notice any signs of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Your pelvic floor is made up of a group of muscles and ligaments that work together to support the organs in your pelvis. These soft tissues form a sort of hammock that holds your bladder, uterus or prostate, and rectum.
The muscles of your pelvic floor contract and relax to control urination, bowel movements, and other functions. If those muscles contract when they should relax, you may have pelvic floor dysfunction.
The symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction vary, and although pelvic floor dysfunction typically causes problems with bowel movements, your signs of the problem may occur throughout your pelvic region. Symptoms can include:
There are multiple types of pelvic floor dysfunction, and a proper diagnosis is necessary for effective treatment.
Your health care provider at Urology Center of Florida will first consider your complete medical history when you’re evaluated. Your provider may also order imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, to examine your pelvic region. Other tests may also be ordered to evaluate your muscle control, nerve function, and colon function.
The most appropriate treatment for you will depend on a number of factors, including the cause of your pelvic floor dysfunction, your symptoms, and your medical history. Your body is unique, and your treatment plan will be tailored to suit your needs.
Your treatment plan may involve a combination of approaches. Commonly, people with pelvic floor dysfunction may benefit from:
If you have any of the signs or symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction, book an appointment online or over the phone with Urology Center of Florida today.