What causes pelvic organ prolapse?

A pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when a pelvic organ has moved from its original position forward and down into the pelvis. For example, it can be prolapse of the bladder or uterus, cervix, or bowel.

  • The main causes of prolapse are pregnancy, pelvic floor weakness, increased intra-abdominal pressure (exercise, weight, or coughing), ageing and poor posture.
  • Urinary incontinence, or increased frequency of urination
  • Difficulty emptying the bladder or bowels
  • Pain or pressure in the abdominal and pelvic area
  • Cystocele or anterior wall prolapse (movement of the bladder)
  • Rectocele or posterior wall prolapse (forward movement of the posterior vaginal wall)
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Uterine prolapse (descension of the uterus, cervix, or vaginal vault)
  • The small intestine and peritoneum protrude into the vaginal wall or canal (Enterocele)

At Athens Rehab we can help you!

With the right help and guidance you can return to the normal rhythms of your life, but also to the things that you love. After a general musculoskeletal examination and internal evaluation we will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your symptoms. Athens Rehab specialists are here for you!

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can make a major contribution to alleviating the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse. Some of the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse are:

  • Feeling of pressure (heaviness) in the vaginal wall or fullness in the lower abdomen
  • Dyspareunia (pain during intercourse)
  • Incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Lumbar spine pain
  • In cases of grade 4 prolapse, tissue may be seen protruding from the vaginal opening.

Do not hesitate to benefit from pelvic floor physical therapy at Athens Rehab.

At Athensrehab we work to educate patients about lifestyle changes that can reduce symptoms. We teach patients how to successfully perform Kegel exercises.

With the use of biofeedback we strengthen the pelvic floor muscles so that they can support the prolapsed organ. We educate patients on how to protect their pelvic floor. We also work towards the identification of other lumbopelvic, core and lower extremity strength deficits.

Let the experts of Athensrehab, who hold advanced certification in pelvic floor physical therapy, help you. Contact us to ask any questions or to schedule an appointment.


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