Many women feel uncomfortable talking about personal topics like pelvic floor disorders and symptoms such as incontinence or haemorrhoids. But these are actually very common medical problems that can be treated successfully. With the Mediclinic City Hospital’s female pelvic floor diseases centre, you no longer have to feel embarrassed when discussing your pelvic floor health issues. This centre offers 360 degrees services, from accurate diagnosis to medical and minimally invasive surgical therapy and you’ll be in the best possible hands!
For many people, particularly women, the pelvic floor does not work as well as it should. Did you know that almost one-quarter of women face pelvic floor disorders? Believe it or not, pelvic floor disorders affect about 10% of women ages 20 to 39, 27% of women ages 40 to 59, 37% of women ages 60 to 79 and nearly 50% of women age 80 or older. So, you are definitely not alone!
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles in the floor of the pelvic area. These muscles support the organs in the pelvis, and some form a “sling” around the rectum and vagina. Typical pelvic floor diseases or conditions include rectal prolapse, chronic constipation and obstructed defecation syndrome, pelvic dyssynergia, haemorrhoids or piles, bladder and uterovaginal prolapse, urinary and faecal incontinence, pelvic and anal pain, anal fistula, anal fissure and anal stenosis. Common causes of a weakened pelvic floor include childbirth, obesity, heavy lifting and the associated straining of chronic constipation.
While pelvic floor disorders become more common as women get older, they are not a normal or an acceptable part of aging, contrary to belief. As you can imagine, these problems can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life but fortunately, these disorders often can be reversed with treatment.
Expert medical health professionals & the importance of therapy
Mediclinic City Hospital’s pelvic floor surgery team is a multidisciplinary team composed of a female general surgeon specialised in pelvic floor diseases, gynaecologists, urologist, gastroenterologists, clinical nutritionist and physiotherapist. The health physiotherapists treat a wide variety of patients with bladder, bowel and sexual problems, specialising in patients with pelvic floor dysfunction.
The team believes that medical therapy has an important role in pelvic floor diseases, suggesting that patients adopt a healthy lifestyle and giving them diet advice in cooperation with their clinical nutritionist and gastroenterologists.
The physiotherapist examines the pelvic floor in order to be able to determine the muscle strength and endurance, co-ordination and injuries of the muscles, determine the tone of the muscles, plan a training programme tailored to the individual patient and evaluate the effect of the training.
Pelvic pain can be caused by many things and is often associated with tight muscles around the pelvis or the pelvic floor. This problem can be addressed with a special training programme, relaxation and breathing exercises and trigger point massage. Patients can also present with sexual problems and pain during intercourse. The physiotherapist will, if possible, examine the pelvic floor and use manual techniques to stretch and relax the tight muscles.
Physiotherapy during pregnancy and for pregnancy-related pelvic pain
Women’s health physiotherapists offer antenatal and exercise classes for pregnant women. The chief goal is to prevent common problems experienced by pregnant women and prepare them physically and mentally for birth. Pelvic floor training is an important component of training during pregnancy. Physiotherapy can also help in the postnatal period, with pain relief and return to exercise.
Many pregnant women experience pain in their lower back and pelvis. Physiotherapy treatment for this group of women consists of posture correction, stretching of tight muscles, massage, gentle core exercises, manual therapy and relaxation techniques.
One in three women will experience urinary incontinence at some point in their life. There are various reasons why women are at risk, including pregnancy and childbirth, constipation, chronic cough, being overweight and living a generally sedentary lifestyle. The physiotherapist will give advice as well as instruct and guide a programme of pelvic floor rehabilitation.
If you have a pelvic health issue, don’t hesitate to learn more about your treatment options. Contact Mediclinic City Hospital today by visiting their website. Other unique services offered at Mediclinic City Hospital include, Breast Cancer Centre, Stroke Unit, and Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgery unit, Robotic Orthopaedics Unit.
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