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A piece of our multimodal treatment for incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction and pain, and interstitial cystitis is physical therapy. In many patients, symptoms and pain can be eased through physical therapy.
Many of the urinary, bowel, or sexual symptoms IC patients can be signs of pelvic floor dysfunction, including:
In patients who have IC or other pelvic pain conditions, these muscles may be tight or in spasm, have a combination of tightness and weakness, or have pain-triggering spots or knots called “trigger points.” Pain “referred” from internal organs, such as the bladder, may set off these muscle problems, but the muscle problems themselves can also set off bladder symptoms. Pain can also be “referred” to the skin and other muscles, such as in your lower abdomen, lower back, buttocks, thighs, and perineal area. Pain there can also “refer” back to your internal organs, contributing to your symptoms.
(information adapted from ICA. and Northern Physical Therapy. For more information, visit: http://www.ichelp.org/Page.aspx?pid=383)