What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction?
Pelvic floor dysfunctionrefers to a wide range of issues that occur when muscles of the pelvic floor are weak, tight, or there is an impairment of the sacroiliac joint, lower back, coccyx, or hip joints. Symptoms include pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, sexual dysfunction and organ prolapse. Tissues surrounding the pelvic organs may have increased or decreased sensitivity or irritation resulting in pelvic pain. Many times, the underlying cause of pelvic pain is difficult to determine.
Usually, at the heart of these clinical conditions, there’s a disturbance in the muscles of the pelvic floor, and it can be diagnosed by taking a patient’s history and doing a physical exam, but more accurately graded by imaging.