Inner North Physiotherapy provide quality care for pelvic organ prolapse within the local areas of Thornbury, Northcote, Westgarth, Brunswick, Preston, Coburg, Fairfield, Fitzroy, Collingwood, Abbotsford, Alphington and Reservoir.
The term Prolapse is derived from the Latin word “prolabi” which means to fall out of place. POP (Pelvic Organ Prolapse) can occur when the Uterus, Rectum or Bladder prolapses due to a change in integrity of the supportive connective tissues and muscles. Previously the terms Uterocele, Rectocele, Cyctocele and Enterocele were used. Today we describe them as Anterior Wall, Posterior Wall or Apical Prolapse. The most common cause of prolapse is childbirth. Other causes include heavy lifting and straining, chronic coughing, constipation and straining.
Prolapse is common. It is estimated that over half of all women that have had a baby have some degree of prolapse, but few seek help. Prolapse can be treated and it will not go away if it is ignored.
Symptoms of Prolapse may include: heaviness or dragging in the pelvis; difficulty emptying the bladder or bowel; a lump or bulge in that area, to name a few.
Symptoms may be worse with increased physical activity, increased sitting or standing and are commonly worse at the end of the day.
Physiotherapy treatment for Prolapse involves a comprehensive assessment of symptoms and history. Treatment includes education, lifestyle modifications, advice and strengthening the important supportive Pelvic Floor Muscles.
Even if surgery is indicated, it is important to see a trained Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist to reduce the factors contributing to prolapse, and to strengthen the muscles to gain a better outcome after surgery. (Just as we would if we were having back surgery for a disc prolapse!)
Research shows us that Physiotherapy and Lifestyle modifications are effective in prolapse management. You are not alone and you can get help. Our Physiotherapists Alison Harding and Jennifer Langford, have Post Graduate qualifications (Melbourne University) in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation and can assist you with the distressing symptoms of prolapse.
Call us on 9089 6666 if you have an enquiry about the management of prolapse.