Our pelvic health team at Clifton Hill Physiotherapy can provide quality, evidence based care for prolapse.
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). This all sounds pretty intense, but we now know plenty can be done to help.
The most common cause is childbirth but other causes include heavy lifting, straining, chronic cough and constipation.
Prolapse is common and it is estimated that over half of all women that have had a baby have some degree of prolapse, but few seek help.
Symptoms may include: heaviness or dragging in the pelvis; difficulty emptying the bladder or bowel or a lump or bulge in the area. It may be worse with increased physical activity, increased sitting or standing or at the end of the day.
Physiotherapy for prolapse involves a comprehensive assessment and 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 physio 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 lovely team (Rosie Purdue, Jodi Dribbin, Jess Kostos, Steph Vernon, Issy Lees- Trinca, Kiera Hannigan and Jen Langford) have special training and are here to help. Be in touch if you have any questions.