Prolapse is another common presentation of pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when an organ of the lower abdomen has moved from its starting location to one that may cause discomfort, urinary or bowel symptoms, or feelings of instability. Though a prolapse diagnosis can be daunting, specialized and individualized pelvic rehab can help to decrease symptoms and keep patients moving and doing the things that they love.
What are the symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse? Some of the most common descriptions are:
- A feeling of heaviness in the lower abdomen
- A “dragging” discomfort in your vagina
- Feeling like there is something pressing down into your vagina
- Feeling or seeing a bulge coming out of your vagina
Frequently Asked Questions
Can physical therapy really help with prolapse?
Often. While some more severe grades of prolapse will likely not change with physical therapy alone, milder ones certainly can. Additionally, physical therapy addresses some of the underlying factors which contribute to prolapse, so even if you do decide to pursue a surgical repair, working with a pelvic health physical therapist can help to make your surgery a success in the longer-term.