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Pelvic Floor Disorders

UC Irvine Health has specially trained pelvic floor physical therapists who provide rehabilitation services that can help improve symptoms of pelvic floor disorder. These may include:

  • Urinary leakage
  • Overactive bladder
  • Fecal incontinence

You can count on our team to listen to your concerns and deliver compassionate care. Our goal is to treat your symptoms so that you can enjoy your daily activities and lead a healthy lifestyle.

What is the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor is a group of skeletal muscles that help form the core of your body. These muscles are located at the bottom of your abdomen and run from the pubic bone to the tailbone, wrapping around the vaginal and rectal openings.

The pelvic floor muscles have four primary functions:

  • To support all pelvic organs
  • To collectively work with your lower back, hips, abdomen and breathing muscles to allow normal movement and prevent problems with other joints, muscles and nerves in your body
  • To assist the sphincter muscles in preventing the involuntary loss of gas, urine or fecal matter
  • To provide normal sexual function

Pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms

When the muscles of the pelvic floor begin to lose function, symptoms may include:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Urinary urgency
  • Excessive urination at night (more than once)
  • Pain from bladder filling or emptying
  • Pain with sitting, standing or walking
  • Pelvic pressure or the feeling that your pelvic organs are falling out of your vagina or rectum
  • Deep musculoskeletal pain in the lower back, abdomen, groin, hips or legs
  • Vaginal pain and/or pain with sex
  • Rectal pain
  • Constipation or urinary retention

Learn more about how we treat pelvic floor disorders with physical therapy ›

To schedule a consultation today, call 714-456-2911.

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