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It's OK to Talk About Your Pelvic Floor

So many individuals are suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction, yet for most, the problems go unidentified and untreated. Statistics say that 1 out of every 5 Americans (of every age) suffer from some type of pelvic floor dysfunction at some time in their life.

Pelvic pain and dysfunction does not discriminate between sexes.

Millions of men suffer from pelvic pain and related dysfunction. While discomfort and pain are the main characteristics, men may also experience associated urinary, bowel, and sexual problems. Current research shows that tension and dysfunction in the muscles of the pelvic floor play a significant, and often primary role in the development and severity of the associated symptoms. It is important to note that chronic pain (CP)/Chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) is not a bacterial infection, though it is often treated as such.

There are several pelvic floor issues that can arise after giving birth (both after a vaginal delivery and a C-section delivery).

Women can develop scar tissue in areas that experienced a tear or cut from an episiotomy. Unfortunately, issues including painful sex, incontinence (urinary and/or fecal), pelvic organ prolapses, and persistent perineal pain and dysfunction can occur.

We have pelvic floor specialists that treat the pelvic floor both internally and externally based on the patient’s level of comfort.  In France, pelvic and abdominal rehabilitation is routine during the postpartum period.  At RSI, we feel passionately that every mother should have that same level of attention and care.

Urinary Incontinence: From athletes to mothers, leaking urine is all too common and preventable. There are several types of urinary incontinence, but the most common are related to urgency, frequency, and/or sudden movements. At RSI, we treat the body as a whole to determine the cause and develop a treatment plan specific to each patient.

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