Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction
Few people think about their pelvic floor until after they begin to experience problems. If you experience pelvic floor problems, the Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute (ROI) at Palmdale Regional Medical Center offers specialty physical therapy services to help improve pelvic floor muscle (PFM) dysfunction.
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and other tissues that form a sling across the pelvis. Sometimes the pelvic floor can become weak or injured during pregnancy and childbirth or from being overweight, radiation treatment, surgery or other causes that can lead to PFM dysfunction. PFM dysfunction is not a normal part of aging and affects both females and males of all ages.
Those with the condition can suffer with urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, sensory and emptying abnormalities of the lower urinary tract, defecatory dysfunction, sexual dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain syndromes.
Meet the Specialist
Dr. Anne Ellis, PT, DPT, earned her doctoral degree in physical therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. She has completed advanced clinical training to treat and manage pelvic floor dysfunction and to treat pre/postpartum clients. Her previous experience was with a successful clinic in Pasadena where she provided specialized pelvic floor care to her patients.
Physical therapists at ROI use their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, evidence based clinical assessment and interventions to enhance pelvic health. Therapy may include treatment to the pelvic floor in isolation and in conjunction with other conditions such as:
- Pain (back, pelvic, pain with intercourse)
- Urinary and fecal incontinence
- Strength and movement problems
- Pregnancy related pain including low back pain, symphysis pubis dysfunction and urinary incontinence
- Labor and Delivery Birth preparation (training for delivery in different positions, how to reduce pain in labor, how to reduce perineal tearing, etc)
The Institute’s program has a specialized focus on meeting the unique pelvic health needs of women in each phase of their lives: active child rearing years, pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause and postmenopause.