Background: The prevalence, cost and disability associated with lumbopelvic pain continues to rise despite the range of available therapeutic interventions, indicating a deficiency in current approaches. A literature base highlighting a correlation between lumbopelvic pain and pelvic floor function is developing; however, the features that characterize this correlation have yet to be fully established. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence and characteristics of pelvic floor muscle function among women with lumbopelvic pain. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on non-pregnant women presenting with lumbopelvic pain to one of seven outpatient orthopaedic clinics in Canada. Potential participants underwent a screening process to assess for pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Of these,
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The pelvic floor is comprised of muscles and fascia and has three functions: support of the pelvic organs, contraction, and relaxation. Their function is critical to proper micturition, defecation, and sexual intercourse. In the past, pelvic floor dysfunction PFD has been variously termed spastic pelvic floor syndrome, levator ani syndrome, proctalgia fugax, vaginismus, male chronic pelvic pain syndrome, non-neurogenic neurogenic bladder, and coccydynia — all terms based upon the varied presenting features of the same phenomenon. Pelvic floor dysfunction may be defined as spasm or discoordination of the pelvic floor musculature. Spasm of these muscles commonly manifests with urological symptoms including poor urine stream, pelvic pain or pressure, urinary frequency and urgency, urge incontinence, and ejaculatory pain. These are the same complaints seen in patients with chronic pelvic pain CPP syndromes including interstitial cystitis IC and chronic prostatitis CP.
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Use these tools to manage your health care profile across the Adventist Health System. The pelvic floor is composed of muscles that work to Support the organs like the bladder, the intestines and the uterus in females, control urinary as well as fecal continence, and stabilizes connecting joints. Pelvic floor pain and anal pain are often the result of an underlying condition that can be mild and temporary or be the signal of more serious disease. As we age, our pelvic floor muscles weaken and cannot adequately support our bladder, uterus, and rectum. The result of this weakening can cause pelvic floor pain and anal pain.
The pain began as a weird twinge, like an odd muscle pull where her groin and pubic area meet. But the pain was beyond excruciating. At one point I ended up curled in a ball at work, sobbing. It was the summer of , and Lisa trudged from one doctor to the next—11 in 1 month—to find out the elusive source of the pain. But the doctors—urologists, gynecologists, the emergency room doctor she saw when she thought her insides were imploding—found nothing wrong.