Ouch, I Have a Charley Horse!
By Chris Leahy, PA-C Orthopedic and Reconstructive Surgery Chances are, you’ve had a sudden muscle cramp, often referred to as a...
The muscles that you strengthen with Kegel exercises can also be a source of pain ranging from discomfort to debilitating pain. These muscles can be too tight, or have trigger points or “knots” that reduce blood flow and cause pain and problems with bowel and bladder function. There is a covering over the muscles called Myofascia that can be tight, cause pain and be part of the problem as well. Scar adhesions that involve the muscles or surrounding soft tissues can also produce symptoms. Muscles and fascial restrictions are what physical therapists (PTs) work with every day, and there are PT specialists that are specifically trained to assess and treat the pelvic floor muscles and tissues.
The following symptoms may be related to pelvic floor muscle dysfunction (PFD):
If you or someone you care about has any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor or health care provider about a consult with our physical therapists that specialize in pelvic floor rehab or women’s health.
Physical Therapy treatment for pelvic floor muscle dysfunction can include:
The physical therapist will work within your comfort level to assess and treat any potential problems with your pelvic floor muscles and pelvic fascia and understands that seeking treatment for these issues is personal and a brave step towards feeling well.