Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
The bladder, rectum, cervix and prostate are supported in the pelvis by pelvic floor muscles that must function properly for normal urination and bowel movements.
When these muscles become irritated and contract abnormally, it is known as pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD). MaineGeneral's physical therapists can help. We provide treatment for PFD that focuses primarily on relaxing affected muscles.
Do You Have PFD?
The following questions can help you answer that question:
- Are you unable to wear jeans due to pain in the perineum?
- Does it hurt to sit down?
- Do you have sharp rectal pain lasting 20-30 seconds?
- Do you have pain or problems with penetration, sexual intercourse or bowel movements?
- Do you take a long time when you go to the bathroom?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a PFD that can be treated by a MaineGeneral physical therapist. Call your health care provider for an evaluation and referral.
Common Causes of Pelvic Pain
- Pelvic floor weakness
- Pelvic floor muscle spasm
- Nerve entrapment or injury
- Postural abnormality
- Prostate surgery