Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic includes treatment for men and women with incontinence and/or pain in the pelvic region. This includes: abdominals, buttocks, pelvic floor, tailbone, vagina, rectum, penis or testicles. The pelvic floor muscles are skeletal muscles (muscles under voluntary control) that may become weak, tight or spastic as a result of disuse, surgery or trauma. Physical Therapists at the Cleveland Clinic are specially trained to rehabilitate the pelvic floor muscles. The therapist evaluates the patient and develops an individual exercise program.
Who is Pelvic Pain & Incontinence Rehabilitation for?
Many people, regardless of gender, experience pain or incontinence of urine or stool with:
Some women develop:
- increased tension in pelvic floor muscles
- vaginal pain with intercourse, tampon use or tight clothing
Many men have problems with:
- chronic genital or groin pain
- frequent urination
- burning with urination (diagnosed as chronic prostatitis)
What does Pelvic Pain & Incontinence Rehabilitation involve?
Evaluation and Non-Surgical Treatment
- flexibility and strength assessment
- pelvic floor muscle surface EMG (or biofeedback)
- manual muscle testing (can be internal or external)
- postural exercises
- internal and/or external massage
- myofascial release
- relaxation techniques and diaphragmatic breathing
- development of an individualized home exercise program
How long will Pelvic Pain & Incontinence Rehabilitation take?
The plan of care is developed specifically to the individual’s needs and goals defined by the patient and evaluating therapist.
What type of recovery/outcome can I expect from Pelvic Pain & Incontinence Rehabilitation?
While therapy results will vary on each patients condition, expected outcomes from pelvic pain rehabilitation may include:
- decreased pain
- improved urination control
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