Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Specialist
OB/GYN Associates of Miami
OBGYNs located in Miami, FL
If you suffer from pelvic pain or urinary incontinence, you may benefit from pelvic floor rehabilitation to retrain the muscles of the area and correct dysfunction. At OB/GYN Associates of Miami, the expert OB/GYN team provides noninvasive rehabilitation treatments of physical therapy to recondition the weak or misfiring muscles responsible for your symptoms. To learn more about how pelvic floor rehabilitation can help you, call the Miami, Florida, office or book an appointment online.
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Q & A
What is pelvic floor rehabilitation?
Pelvic floor rehabilitation aims to improve the strength and function of the muscles that support the bladder, urethra, and anus, as well as other muscles that form the floor of the pelvis. These muscles stretch from the pubic bone to the tailbone.
Pelvic floor rehabilitation uses physical therapy to recondition these muscles with the purpose of improving function and reducing pain.
Why would I need pelvic floor rehabilitation?
You lose strength and resiliency in these muscles due to aging, surgery, or childbirth, leading to fecal or urinary incontinence. When these muscles become weak and loose, your pelvic organs can fall and put pressure on your vagina in a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse.
In some cases, these muscles become overly tight, causing pelvic pain.
Symptoms that suggest you could benefit from pelvic floor rehabilitation include:
- Urine leakage
- Problems with bowel movements
- Pelvic pain not associated with another condition such as fibroids or pelvic inflammatory disease
- Chronic fullness, pressure, or aching in the pelvis
- Pain and discomfort inserting tampons or during intercourse
The doctors at OB/GYN Associates of Miami customize a pelvic floor rehabilitation treatment plan to address your specific symptoms and help restore function and comfort.
How is the pelvic floor anatomy evaluated?
First you undergo a thorough evaluation of your medical history and a review of the symptoms you’re experiencing. The doctors consider the onset and severity of symptoms, past medical and obstetric history, any medications you’re taking, and history of psychological or social stressors.
Your doctor also performs a physical exam that may include diagnostic evaluations, such as ultrasound or flexibility and strength assessments.
What should I expect during pelvic floor rehabilitation?
Pelvic floor rehabilitation is a nonsurgical treatment that improves function in your pelvic bowl. The physical therapy plan is customized according to your particular condition, age, sexual habits, health, and symptoms.
Interventions may include:
- Postural exercises
- Myofascial release
- Relaxation techniques and deep diaphragmatic breathing
Your provider also helps you develop an individualized home exercise program to do when you’re not in the office of OB/GYN Associates of Miami.
To learn how you can restore comfort and function in your pelvic floor, call the understanding staff at OB/GYN Associates of Miami or schedule an appointment using this website.