Pelvic floor dysfunction

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Pam Jansen is a licensed physical therapist with the LSU healthcare network and she does the physical therapy that nobody wants to talk about: we’re talking about pelvic floor dysfunction where the muscles in the pelvis are not working correctly, making it difficult to function and causing a lot of pain.

“People laugh and will call it a headache in the pelvis,” says Jansen. “It’s just the same as when you’ve been under a lot of stress and you hold your shoulders up and you get that headache.  It just happens that some people will hold their stress in another area.”

Symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction include: constipation, frequent need to urinate, painful urination, lower back pain, pelvic pain, and pain for women during intercourse.

There’s help, and it doesn’t require surgery. That’s where physical therapy comes in. One form includes electrical stimulation.

“We’re going to turn it up a little here and you’re going to feel creepy crawlies,” explains Jansen. “Whether you want to or not, I can get the muscles to work.”

Another option is using probes: “It will work for women per vagina and men or women per anus where you will have urine and/or fecal problems.”

So if you suffer from chronic pelvic pain and have not gotten help, seeing a physical therapist could change your life.

“People will get improvements that sometimes seem very simple.  I was wet, now I’m dry.  But to them, it means the world.”

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