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Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic includes treatment for men and women with urinary or fecal incontinence, urgency/frequency of urination, and/or pain in the pelvic region. This includes: pain in the abdominals, buttocks, pelvic floor, tailbone, vagina, rectum, penis or testicles. The pelvic floor muscles may become weak, tight or spastic as a result of disuse, surgery or trauma. Physical Therapists at Cleveland Clinic are specially trained to rehabilitate the pelvic floor muscles. The therapist evaluates each individual and develops a plan of care.

Who is Pelvic Pain & Incontinence Rehabilitation for?

Many people, regardless of gender, experience pain or incontinence of urine or stool during their lifetime.

Some women develop:

  • increased tension in pelvic floor muscles causing pain
  • vaginal pain with intercourse, tampon use or annual Ob/Gyn check-ups
  • incontinence of urine or feces

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)
  • pelvic area internal and external muscle assessment and treatment
  • postural exercises
  • 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 person's condition, expected outcomes from pelvic pain rehabilitation may include:

  • decreased pain
  • improved urination control
  • improved control of bowels

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