Treating

Pelvic Disorders

When it comes to treating pelvic floor disorders, we take a collaborative approach.

Our experts understand that pelvic floor disorders, such as pelvic muscle spasm, prolapse or urinary incontinence can dramatically affect your daily life.

That’s why we educate you on the common causes and connect you to physical therapists, nurse practitioners and any necessary specialists to help treat your particular condition. Our physicians have skills that overlap multiple specialties; they act as pelvic condition “managers,” making sure you receive treatment from the right specialist or team of specialists when necessary. Dr Lind has special interest and expertise in pelvic floor spasm.

Overview

The pelvic floor refers to a group of muscles in your pelvic area that support and act as a “hammock” for organs such as the bladder, uterus, vagina and rectum. When these muscles and tissues are injured or weakened, it is referred to as a pelvic floor disorder.

Pelvic floor disorders include:

Fecal incontinence — Fecal incontinence refers to the inability to control bowel movements, which causes involuntary stool leakage from the rectum. The severity can range from a small amount of stool to a full loss of bowel control.

Urinary incontinence — Urinary incontinence refers to the loss of bladder control. There are several types of urinary incontinence, including stress incontinence, which occurs when urine leaks due to exerted pressure (laughing, coughing or lifting heavy objects). An overactive bladder is another reason for urinary incontinence. This involves frequency and urgency of urine, along with the inability to suppress an urge to urinate.

Pelvic organ prolapse — Pelvic prolapse refers to one of the pelvic organs, such as the vagina, urethra, rectum, uterus or small intestine dropping from its normal place of support due to weakened muscles or connective tissue.

Difficulty Urinating or defecating

Pelvic Muscle Spasm

Vaginismus — Vaginismus is the involuntary contraction of vaginal muscles typically associated with any attempted vaginal penetration. This condition affects a woman’s ability to engage in sexual intercourse, use tampons and receive gynecological exams.

Common symptoms related to pelvic floor disorders include:

  • Constipation
  • Pain or pressure in rectum
  • Muscle spasms in pelvis
  • Painful sex
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Unexpected loss of urine
  • Inability to urinate
  • Abdominal bloating

Treatments

If you suffer from a pelvic floor disorder, there are several treatment options:

  • Biofeedback techniques.
  • Pelvic muscle strengthening or relaxation
  • Electrical stimulation of the pelvic floor — This is a low-energy, painless office treatment for urinary frequency.
  • Transvaginal prolapse repair
  • Pelvic relaxation physical Therapy
  • Botox Injection of the pelvic floor
  • Trigger point Injections
  • Vaginal Dilation

Speak with Dr. Lind and find out how to improve your quality of life by treating your incontinence or prolapse issues.

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