Do you leak when you sneeze, laugh or exercise? This condition, called stress incontinence, can be caused by childbirth, heavy exercise or other factors that weaken the pelvic floor muscles holding the bladder, uterus and other pelvic organs in place. Urinary incontinence is not a natural part of aging and can often be successfully treated through physical therapy.
For more persistent cases of incontinence, Legacy Medical Group–Urogynecology and Legacy Meridican Park Pelvic Floor Program offer thorough evaluation and both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.
Interstitial cystitis (bladder pain syndrome)
This chronic condition causes a combination of uncomfortable bladder pressure, bladder pain and sometimes pain in the pelvis ranging from mild to severe. Although there's no treatment that reliably eliminates interstitial cystitis, a variety of medications and other therapies offer relief. A gynecologist or urogynecologist is trained to recognize, treat and manage these conditions and symptoms.
Pain related to muscle strain, weakness, imbalance, or caused by a tailbone (coccyx) injury can be treated with physical therapy. Treatments may include relaxation training, soft tissue mobilization, exercises, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and biofeedback.
Other common causes of pelvic pain are fibroids, cysts or endometriosis, which can also result in heavy or irregular bleeding. If you are suffering from these symptoms, consult your doctor about treatment options.
Prenatal and post-partum conditions
Pregnancy can be physically demanding for even the fittest moms. In addition to treating muscle-joint problems associated with pregnancy, Legacy's physical therapists are skilled in facilitating the post-partum or post-cesarean healing process, and addressing pelvic floor issues, such as incontinence, caused by childbirth.Recurring urinary tract infections
A urinary tract infection (UTI) limited to the bladder can be painful and annoying, but when treated promptly and properly it rarely leads to complications. However, if left untreated a UTI can lead to kidney damage. Also, women who experience three or more urinary tract infections are likely to continue experiencing them.
If you have recurring UTIs, it may be time to consult a urogynecologist or urologist to determine if urologic abnormalities are causing the infections.