Millions of Americans are suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction, yet for most, the disease goes unidentified and untreated. Statistically, twenty percent of all Americans will suffer from some type of pelvic floor dysfunction sometime during their lives. Over 25 million Americans suffer from urinary incontinence, and this is without considering those who suffer from pelvic pain alone. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is not just a "women's" disorder; it can affect all people regardless of their biological sex or age, including children.
The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and other tissues that form a sling from the pubic bone to the tailbone. They assist in maintaining upright posture, supporting abdominal and pelvic organs, and help to control bladder, bowel and sexual activity. When these muscles become overactive, or overused, the result can be pain and decreased function in any of the areas mentioned above. Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) refers to a wide range of problems that occur when the muscles of the pelvic floor are not functioning normally and are often too tight, and weak. There is often related impairments of the sacroiliac joint, low back, coccyx and/or hip joint, that accompany this condition, and can contribute to pain and loss of function. Due to the complexity of the anatomy and multiple functions of the pelvic region, the underlying cause of pelvic pain is difficult to determine, and the entire body must be treated holistically to resolve symptoms.
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and its related conditions can be due to infections (usually not diagnosed), pregnancy or childbirth, poor posture from the chronic low back or SI dysfunction, trauma (e.g. bad fall), or following surgery. It can also be insidious and appear to have no real incident that caused it.
The physical therapists at Beyond Basics are experts in evaluating and treating the multifaceted condition of pelvic pain and PFD. We are trained to identify and address the multiple contributing factors of pelvic floor dysfunction, utilizing an individually designed and specific treatment regimen geared towards each patient's individual needs.
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