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Pelvic Floor Disorders

The pelvic floor is the group of muscles that form a sling or hammock across the opening of the pelvis. These muscles, together with their surrounding tissues, keep all of the pelvic organs in place so they can function correctly. A pelvic floor disorder occurs when the pelvic muscles and connective tissue become weakened or injured.

Our Services

For patients with pelvic floor disorder, Atrium offers specialized physical therapy to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and improve bladder and bowel control. Our physical therapist listens to your history and determines the strength and endurance of the pelvic floor muscles through observation and an internal exam. Based on the results, additional diagnostic tests may be recommended. You receive an individual treatment plan designed to strengthen muscles, help relieve or minimize symptoms, and restore as much function as possible.

We offer specialized physical therapy services for men and women who have been diagnosed with pelvic floor disorder. A physician’s referral is required and most insurance plans cover these outpatient physical therapy treatments.

Meet our physical therapist, Margo Cox, who specializes in pelvic floor disorders.

Conditions and Treatments for Pelvic Floor Disorders

Pelvic Organ Prolapse / Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the organs of the pelvis fall out of place because supporting tissue is weakened. The most common symptom is a feeling of heaviness, pressure or bulging in the area of the vagina. In more severe cases, tissue may protrude outside of the vaginal opening. Mild to moderate prolapses can be treated non-surgically.
The goal is to increase strength of the pelvic floor muscles to better support the prolapsed organs.

Your treatment may include:

  • Physical therapy to strengthen the pelvic floor and abdominal stabilizing muscles
  • Biofeedback to increase awareness of proper muscle contraction
  • Electrical stimulation using a low-grade electrical current to improve muscle contractions

Bladder and Bowel Control / Incontinence

Nearly 25 million Americans have pelvic floor muscle weakness that can lead to bladder and bowel control problems. While this condition affects more women than men, people of all ages and physical capabilities, including young athletes, can experience incontinence.

Our treatment program includes:

  • Physical therapy, including pelvic floor exercises, to help patients improve strength, mobility and fitness
  • Biofeedback to improve health using the body’s signals
  • Electrical stimulation using a low-grade electrical current to contract pelvic floor muscles
  • Behavior change using learning techniques such as biofeedback and positive or negative reinforcement 

Pelvic Floor Pain and Tension

If you have pelvic pain, you may also have pain in your lower abdomen or hips during intercourse or simply from sitting. Pelvic pain is usually caused by problems with pelvic muscles, nerves or joints.

We treat pelvic floor problems with:

  • Pelvic floor muscle relaxation
  • Manual (hands-on) therapy
  • Biofeedback to improve health using the body’s signals
  • Pain-relief options

Perimenopause and Menopause

Every woman experiences perimenopause and menopause differently. You may face related issues, such as bladder control problems, joint and muscle pain and others.

Your treatment may include:

  • Pelvic floor muscle relaxation
  • Manual (hands-on) therapy
  • Biofeedback to improve health using the body’s signals
  • Pain-relief options

Postpartum Issues

If you've experienced muscle tears, nerve damage or other childbirth-related issues, you may feel discomfort of the pelvic area.

Your treatment may include:

  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Biofeedback to improve health using the body’s signals
  • Electrical stimulation using a low-grade electrical current to contract pelvic floor muscles
  • Superficial and deep muscle exercises

Pregnancy-related Pain Issues  

Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy. Changes in weight, hormones and posture may cause pain in your back, shoulders, ribs, pelvic area or wrists.

We treat pregnancy-related pain with:

  • Manual (hands-on) therapy
  • Postural strengthening
  • Body mechanics education
  • Pain-relief options

For Men – Prostatitis, Postprostatectomy Issues and Pudendal Nerve Entrapment

Men may experience pelvic pain from swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis), aftereffects from prostate surgery or chronic pain due to pudendal nerve entrapment (compression of the pudendal nerve).

Your treatment may include:

  • Physical therapy, including functional exercises and nerve glide exercises for neural tension
  • Electrical stimulation, heat and ice
  • Postural strengthening
  • Education and behavior change on toileting techniques, breathing patterns and diet

Convenient Location

Patients with pelvic floor disorders can be treated in the Wilbur and Mary Jean Cohen Women’s Center at the Atrium Medical Center. We are located on the fourth floor of the Professional building.

We provide free parking in Lot C or D.

Contact Us

To learn more about pelvic floor disorder, schedule an appointment or refer a patient, please call us at (513) 420-5013. Appointments are available on Wednesdays between the hours of 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

Please note that (513) 420-5013 is also the phone number for sports medicine.