Pelvic Floor Care
The pelvic floor is a “hammock” of muscles that hold the pelvic organs in place. Disorders can occur when the muscles or connective tissues in the pelvis are injured, weakened or develop too much tension. Our program specializes in diagnosing and treating pelvic floor disorders such as incontinence, chronic pelvic pain and pelvic organ prolapse. Through a comprehensive approach, we provide patients with the best care possible helping them return to normal function.
Some of the most commonly diagnosed pelvic floor disorders include:
Millions of people suffer silently from incontinence. They may be too embarrassed to discuss the problem and may often learn to live with a pelvic floor disorder and the incontinence that can result, despite the fact that there are many treatment options available. Minimally invasive surgical procedures are often used to treat the most common type of incontinence, stress urinary incontinence. However there are also specialized non-surgical, therapeutic treatments that are effective, including specific medications that can reduce the urge to go.
Pelvic pain is described as pain in the pelvis, perineum, or lower abdomen area and may feel like an aching or burning sensation. There can be many reasons that both men and women experience persistent pelvic pain. Diseases or disorders of the pelvic organs, trauma, persistent tension and infection can all be predisposing factors. There may be pain with urination, defecation, menstrual cycles, intercourse and sitting. Physical therapists can perform evaluations to determine how dysfunction in these areas may be contributing to your pain. They can address spasms and muscle tightness and prescribe targeted exercises to improve muscle strength.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the ligaments that support the pelvic organs begin to weaken, allowing the muscles to slip downward. Symptoms may include a sensation of heaviness, general pain, pain with intercourse or difficulty during elimination. There are many other successful treatment options, as well as surgical options, for this condition. Physical therapy can often be beneficial as a first line of treatment and many patients experience significant symptom reduction through therapy.
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center
Pavilion II, Suite 514
510 Upper Chesapeake Drive
The Y in Abingdon
101 Walter Ward Boulevard
For more information on the pelvic floor program, call 443-643-3257.