Understanding Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Awareness and understanding of pelvic floor dysfunction lags that of other women’s musculoskeletal conditions, such as lower back or knee pain, although it impacts large numbers of the population. One out of five women will be affected by this condition over the course of their lifetime.

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a condition of the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues (fascia) that support the rectal and genital areas, where instability and tightness causes irritation, sensitivity, and pain. It can stem from a variety of situations: a urinary tract infection, surgery, a fall involving the back, sacrum or coccyx, trauma during childbirth, or weakness or tightness in the lower back and/or hip. Read a news story on diagnosis and treatment here.


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