5 Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Don't Ignore These 5 Signs of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

by Dr. Jasmine Evans DPT

Pelvic floor dysfunction is one of the most misunderstood impairments in the musculoskeletal realm. So, what is the pelvic floor? To put it simply, the pelvic floor is a cluster of muscles in a person’s pelvic region that are responsible for several functions, including but not limited to, maintaining continence, assisting with sexual function, and supporting surrounding organs, including the uterus, bladder, and rectum. It is important to acknowledge that both men and women have a pelvic floor, and both are susceptible to dysfunction.

Most people understand that muscles can have weakness and/or tightness. The simplicity of this can be applied to the pelvic floor. For example, weak muscles that are not providing the necessary support to organs can lead to pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence. Additionally, tight muscles could result in significant pain and difficulty during routine activities, including sitting, exercising, and sexual activity.

Dysfunction in these muscles could be classified by many different symptoms. To be concise, here are five common symptoms that a patient should not ignore.

  1. Increased urination: more than seven times per day
  2. Involuntary loss of urine, including small droplets
  3. Abnormal heavy pressure in pelvic region, i.e. “dropping” or “falling out” sensation
  4. Limitations in social activities due to fear of leakage or pain
  5. Disruption of sleep due to urination urgency or frequency

Many people, including healthcare professions, will write-off some of these symptoms as a normal part of aging. However, they can actually be signs of major disruption in the functionality of the pelvic floor muscles, and unfortunately, alter a person’s quality of life. 

If you have any of these symptoms, please don’t hesitate to speak with your primary healthcare provider or a physical therapist. If you are in the Champaign-Urbana area, Mettler Center offers free consultation with a physical therapist, where you can discuss these or similar symptoms and seek treatment, if needed.

Dr. Jasmine Evans DPT

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