Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
POP is a condition where one or more of pelvic organs descends lower than its normal anatomical position in the pelvis, but not all prolapse is the same. The bladder, uterus, and/or bowel can change position due to abdominal pressure, muscle weakness, ligament/tissue laxity, or obstetric injury.
Symptoms may include pelvic pain, pressure, incontinence, back pain, and others. Though prolapse cases are more common with women who have had multiple deliveries, it is certainly not limited to that population. Other risk factors include increased age, increased Body Mass Index (BMI), connective tissue disorders, poor pressure management strategies, chronic coughing, and frequent straining with bowel movements (chronic constipation). Predisposition increases with obstetric injury from instrumented delivery, prolonged second stage (“pushing”) of labor, larger sized baby, and tissue (including neural) stretching or tearing during pregnancy or delivery.
By choosing Gaia Women’s Physical Therapy and Wellness to guide your postpartum rehabilitation and address your POP symptoms you will find how strong and resilient your body is! I pride my practice in being able to keep women moving and doing the activities that bring them the most joy. You can guarantee by working with Gaia Women’s PT you be able to remain active while understanding how to
manage your new and improved postpartum body.