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Commonly treated women's pelvic health conditions

Although, this is not an exclusive list, the conditions below can be treated, to varying degrees, through physical therapy. 

Constipation – Difficulty producing a bowel movement or emptying the bowels, generally because
                          of hardened fecal matter

Fecal Incontinence – Involuntary passing, loss or leaking of stool or fecal matter. 

Stress Urinary Incontinence – Involuntary passing, loss or leaking of urine during activities of
                                                    exertion, such as running, jumping, lifting, sneezing, or coughing. 

Urge Urinary Incontinence – Involuntary passing, loss or leaking of urine usually associated with
                                                  sudden urge to urinate. 

Incomplete Bladder Emptying – Inability to fully empty the bladder, resulting in involuntary urinary
                                                       retention, which is often associated with inadequate contraction of
                                                       the bladder or obstruction of the urethral sphincter. 

Interstitial Cystitis – Irritation and inflammation of the wall of the bladder. 


Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Dropping (prolapse) of pelvic cavity organs, such as bladder, rectum, small intestine/bowel, or urethra, from their normal locations within pelvic cavity, typically allowing the organs to pushes against the walls of your vagina.  This is generally associated with weakness of the pelvic muscles that hold these organs in place.
                Cystocele – prolapse of the bladder
                Enterocele -  prolapse of the small intestine
                Rectocele – prolapse of the rectum
                Urethrocele – prolapse of the urethra

Diastasis Recti – Separation of the left and right sides of the Rectus Abdominus muscle (a.k.a. the 6-pack muscle), often associated with pregnancy, abdominal surgery, or poor core strength and poor body mechanics. 

Sciatica – Radiation of pain, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness radiating into one leg, following the path of the sciatic nerve.  Generally originates in the lower back or buttock and travel through the buttock, and is typically the result of nerve compression (pinching) in the low back or buttock. 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Pain, tingling, numbness and/or weakness in the hand related to compression of a nerve in the wrist.  CTS can occur during pregnancy as a result of additional fluid in the body, or during the postpartum period as a result of support given to nursing baby. 

DeQuervain’s tendonitis – Inflammation of a tendon and muscle along the outside of the thumb, which can occur during the postpartum period as a result of supporting a nursing baby. 

                                                                                                                            Pelvic Pain – Pain around the pelvic bones, external or internal genitals
                                                                                                                                                    or other pelvic cavity soft tissues or organs. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Dyspareunia – Painful intercourse

                                                                                                                            Dysmenorrhea – Painful menstruation

                                                                                                                            Vestibulodynia –  pain around the opening of the vagina, or vestibule,                                                                                                                                                            resulting from irritation and inflammation of the skin
                                                                                                                                                          and/or glands in that area. 

                                                                                                                            Vulvodynia – Chronic pain, often described as burning or rawness, of the
                                                                                                                                                   vulvar area that lasts for three months or more.  The cause
                                                                                                                                                   is often unidentifiable.

Vaginismus – Vaginal pain, especially associated with attempted penetration by tampon, speculum or for intercourse.  Often associated with involuntary contraction or tightness of the muscles around the vagina.

Endometriosis – A disorder characterized by growth of endometrial tissue, which typically lines the inside of the uterus, grows outside of the uterus around the bladder, ovaries, bowels, etc. 

Coccydynia – Pain in the area of the tailbone, generally brought on by direct trauma to that area, such as a fall or childbirth. 

Levator Ani Syndrome – Pain in the “seat” area (the area around sacrum, tailbone and/or rectum) that is usually aggravated by sitting. 

Pudendal Neuralgia – Pain in the genital area, such as clitoris, perineum and rectum, supplied by the pudendal nerve.  Generally associated with injury to or compression of the pudendal nerve, sometimes referred to as cyclist syndrome. 

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