Types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Uterine  - Legacy Physical Therapy
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Types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Uterine 

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The pelvic floor plays a vital role in maintaining stability and supporting various organs. When the pelvic floor weakens, it can lead to a range of uncomfortable conditions, such as uterine prolapse. 

A Uterine Prolapse 

  • Occurs when the uterus descends and protrudes into the vaginal canal due to weakened or stretched pelvic floor muscles and ligaments. 
  • This condition is most commonly observed in women who have given birth vaginally, but it can also affect women who have undergone a hysterectomy or have experienced hormonal changes during menopause. 

Symptoms of a Uterine Prolapse may include: 

1. Sensation of pressure or heaviness in the pelvic region.

2. A feeling that something is “falling out” of the vagina.

3. Back pain or discomfort in the pelvic area.

4. Urinary incontinence or difficulties with bladder control.

5. Pain during intercourse.

6. Difficulty with bowel movements.

7. Vaginal bleeding or unusual discharge.

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Pelvic floor physical therapy has emerged as a non-invasive and effective treatment option for uterus prolapse. It focuses on strengthening and rehabilitating the pelvic floor muscles to support the pelvic organs adequately. Here’s how pelvic floor physical therapy can benefit women with uterus prolapse:

1. Evaluation: A skilled pelvic floor physical therapist will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to assess the extent of the prolapse, the strength of the pelvic floor muscles, and identify any associated dysfunctions.

2. Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises: Pelvic floor physical therapy includes targeted exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. These exercises help improve muscle tone and support the uterus and other pelvic organs.

3. Lifestyle and Posture Advice: The therapist may provide advice on lifestyle modifications, such as toileting habits and proper body mechanics, to reduce pressure on the pelvic floor.

4. Pre and Post-Surgery Preparation: In cases where surgical intervention is necessary, pelvic floor physical therapy can help prepare the pelvic floor for the procedure and aid in recovery post-surgery.

Uterus prolapse affects many women, especially those who have given birth or experienced hormonal changes. However, it doesn’t have to be a source of distress or embarrassment. Pelvic floor physical therapy offers an empowering solution, enabling women to regain control of their bodies and improve their overall well-being.If you suspect you may have a uterus prolapse or are experiencing any related symptoms, do not hesitate to schedule a discovery session to talk to one of our pelvic floor physical therapists.