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What is PFD?

Pelvic floor dysorder (PFD) is a condition in which the muscles in the pelvis do not work properly. The role of these muscles is to support various pelvic organs, including the bladder, prostate, rectum and female reproductive organs. Problems with the pelvic floor muscles can lead to urinary roblems and fecal incontinence (bowel dysfunction). 

Symptoms

Women with weakened pelvic muscles may experience urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency, chronic pelvic pain, overactive bladder, fecal incontinence, chronic constipation, rectal pain, pelvic pain, pelvic floor relaxation, frequent nightime urination and others. 

Do Something

Symptoms or Pelvic Floor Disorder are not an inevitable part of aging and can get worse with time if you don't seek treatment. PFD can affect our quality of life and that of those we love as we stop doing activities we previously enjoyed due to fear of leaking, pain, etc. The good news is that PFD can be succesfully managed and even eliminated.

 

Dr. Roger Beyer is a board certified expert in urogynecology, a sub-specialty that involves the diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence and female pelvic floor disorders. His practice, Women's Health Care Specialists, has been dedicated to improving his patient's health and quality of life since 1984.

Call Dr. Beyer today at 269-372-7600 or fill out our online form.

 

Do Something

The goal of Pelvic Floor Disorder (PFD) therapy is to correct the dysfunction and any defects that contribute to the dysfunction. If the muscles are in spasm, the goal is to relax the muscles and avoid stressing them. Often, this is done with pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation therapy (PMR). Approximately 80% of patients with PFD experience significant improvement with Pelvic Muscle Rehabilitation.

Your provider will also work with you on proper posture, avoiding pushing or straining, stretching, and building core muscles to stabilize the pelvis. Low doses of muscle relaxants are available for more difficult cases. Occasionally, a physical therapist specially trained in PFD will also work with the patient. If the muscles are in deep spasm and unresponsive to traditional therapy, an injection with medications or Botox®, called a trigger point injection, may be necessary to relax the muscles.