Treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse
How do I know if I have a prolapse?
The symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse include:
Heaviness or dragging into the vagina
A lump in the vagina which may bulge out at certain times (eg. when emptying bowels, or at the end of the day)
A lump at the vagina which you may feel when wiping or washing
Pain or reduced sensation during sex
Incomplete emptying of the bladder
Weak urine stream
Recurrent urinary tract infections
Difficulty emptying the bowel
Symptoms which are worse at the end of the day and may improve after lying down
A Pelvic Organ Prolapse occurs when the structures holding the pelvic organs in place (fascia, ligaments and pelvic floor muscles) are torn, overstretched or weakened, allowing the pelvic organ(s) to descend into the vagina.
Which type of prolapse do I have?
The symptoms of prolapse can vary depending on which structure is descending.
An internal examination will determine the type and grade of prolapse.
Anterior Vaginal Wall Prolapse (also known as ‘cystocele’) – the bladder wall prolapses or drops through the front wall of the vagina
Posterior Vaginal Wall Prolapse (also known as ‘rectocele’) – the rectum prolapses or drops through the back wall of the vagina
Uterine Prolapse – the uterus drops down into the vagina
What are my treatment options?
Treatment is ideally as conservative (least invasive) as possible.
Physiotherapy treatment options are aimed at:
Increasing upwards support of the pelvic organs
Reducing strain through the organs and fascia
Education and advice around long term symptom management
Should conservative treatment be unsuccessful you may be referred to a gynaecologist / specialist to assess other options.
This may include possible use of a vaginal support device, or surgery.
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Lucy graduated from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2009 and specialised in private musculoskeletal physiotherapy immediately. She has extensive experience in treating a range of injuries including sports, work-related, post-surgery and chronic degenerative conditions. She has been part of the medical team at the London Marathon, international athletics competitions and national university athletics championships.
Lucy has also worked closely with GPs in the UK, providing musculoskeletal based education and training as part of their professional development programmes.
Lucy emigrated to Australia in 2015 and has worked with Physio Professionals since. Since having her two daughters she has developed an interest in Women’s Health Physiotherapy and is passionate about helping women throughout the life span with all pelvic dysfunctions. She has a special interest in Chronic Pelvic Pain conditions.
Lucy developed an interest in physiotherapy through being an athlete and suffering numerous injuries herself. She has represented England in Athletics and was British Universities steeplechase champion. These days, Lucy competes in local triathlons and loves the Sunshine Coast outdoor lifestyle.
Lucy’s interest areas are: Women’s Health Physiotherapy, Pelvic Pain conditions, Pelvic Floor dysfunction and Pre/Post Pregnancy Physiotherapy.
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Samantha grew up on the Sunshine Coast and graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Masters of Physiotherapy.
Outside of work Samantha enjoys surfing, touch football and has previously competed at an international level in Athletics. Samantha’s interest areas include musculoskeletal and general physiotherapy with a developing interest in women’s health.
Samantha’s interest areas include General & Musculoskeletal conditions, Women’s Health.
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Tiffany studied in Germany Tiffany Williams has over 18 years of experience as a Physiotherapist and has worked in multiple countries during her career and has developed into a highly skilled and experienced Physiotherapist in this time. During her career Tiffany has gained skills across many areas of private practice.
Passionate and professional, Tiffany has interest in Women’s health, Disability Physiotherapy, Lymphoedema treatment, Neck pain & whiplash as well as general musculoskeletal conditions.
Tiffany has interest in Women’s health, Disability Physiotherapy, Lymphoedema treatment, Neck pain & whiplash as well as general musculoskeletal conditions.
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