Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when there is inadequate support or when there is excessive pressure on the pelvic organs such as the bladder, uterus or rectum by the pelvic floor muscles and associated ligaments.
Either or both of these factors can cause sagging and a downward bulge of any or all of the pelvic organs into the vagina. Childbirth is often the cause of a prolapse, affecting 50% of parous (child bearing) women. It is also common to suffer incontinence associated with a POP.
Medical research confirms that pelvic floor muscle training is the most effective treatment option in addressing both urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. This is supported by the high recurrence rate of POP after surgical repair indicating the original cause of the loss of pelvic organ support was not addressed – including exercise programs with excessive abdominal pressure.
The combination of pelvic floor muscle exercises and treatment of other musculoskeletal dysfunction is the key to successful management of POP & incontinence.
At your post-partum 6 week check up with your obstetrician, you can request to check for any signs of POP as many are not symptomatic. Early detection will prevent the POP from further progressing and becoming symptomatic. In addition, the loss of pelvic support poses challenges for other regions of the musculoskeletal system and can be related to other issues such as lower back pain.
At PhysioMotion our women’s health physiotherapists will effectively treat your POP & incontinence.
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