The bladder, rectum, cervix and prostate are supported in the pelvis by the pelvic floor muscles.
These muscles need to function properly for normal urination and bowel movements and sometime can become irritated and contract abnormally.
The general term given to this problem is pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD). Treatment for PFD is primarily aimed at relaxing the affected muscles.
The following questions can help you determine whether you have a problem with pelvic floor dysfunction:
- 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 twenty to thirty 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 pelvic floor dysfunction that can be treated by a physical therapist.
Contact your doctor for an evaluation and referral.
Common causes of pelvic pain
- Weakness in the pelvic floor
- Muscle spasm in the pelvic floor
- Nerve entrapment or injury
- Postural abnormality
- Prostate surgery
For more information, please call:
- Augusta: (207) 621-7500
- Oakland: (207) 873-8140