Women’s Pelvic Health
Pelvic health is a sensitive topic that at times can be delicate to approach…however, this can be a primary source of many complications and pain for females. Our pelvic floor is essentially a “bowl” created by 3 layers of muscles, which are responsible for providing us with postural stability, organ support, bowel and bladder control, and sexual functions. How many times do we hear about someone pulling a hamstring, or how tight their calf muscles are? Just like these muscles, the pelvic floor muscles can also become tight, weakened, uncoordinated, too strong, etc.
At Iselborn Health and Wellness, our providers have advanced education to offer treatment of the pelvic floor. It is our goal to help improve your quality of life and to allow you to return to all of your activities with ease and pleasure. Our providers first perform a consultation with you, providing a safe space for you to share your concerns and history. Following the consultation, a detailed examination of the pelvic floor will be performed, assessing strength, endurance, coordination, mobility, and function of the pelvic floor. Based on the findings from your evaluation, a personalized treatment plan will be created that will address your main goals to get you back doing what you love! Just like in any conditions that arise, we do not aim at just treating the pain or discomfort, but rather we treat the cause of the issue and prevent it from occurring again.
Pelvic floor dysfunction can present itself in many different ways, including:
- Pain with intercourse
- Changes in bowel or bladder
- Vaginal pain
- Perineal pain
- Rectal pain
- Urinary leakage or frequency
- Pregnancy complications*
- Poor stability and coordination of the core
- Pelvic organ prolapse**
*Pregnancy complications include both pre and postpartum concerns. Some prepartum complications include hip tightness/pain, low back pain, pelvic pain, urinary leakage, chest/rib pain with breathing difficulties, etc. Common postpartum dysfunctions include scar pain or tightness, perineal pain, low back pain, weakness, bowel or bladder leakage, pain or difficulty with sex or exercise resumption, diastasis recti, episiotomy complications, tearing, etc.
**Pelvic organ prolapses (POP) are more common than people would think. Majority of people have some degree of prolapse that they are unaware of! A POP occurs when one of our pelvic organs (bladder, cervix, intestines, or uterus) moves from its normal resting position. When this occurs, it is often related to pregnancy, postural changes, aging, weak or tight pelvic floor muscles, increased pressure in the abdomen from straining, exercise, etc. There are different degrees and grades of a POP- some POPs are visible to the human eye, or are touchable, while others are not. A few common symptoms that may present with a POP include urinary leakage or frequency, difficult or painful emptying of the bowel or bladder, sense of excessive pressure, and pain in the abdomen or pelvis.
At times, a multi-disciplinary approach is what is best for patients. If needed, we have partnered with providers throughout the Jacksonville community that we can be in touch with to discuss all treatment options in order to provide you with the best quality care.
We strive to offer a safe and comforting environment for women, as we know that this can be a vulnerable experience. We encourage patients to be open and honest so that all of their concerns can be addressed, and we make every effort to emphasize that the patient is in control of their treatment at all times.