Bladder dysfunction can affect the pelvic floor muscles. Lack of communication and coordination between the bladder and pelvic floor muscles can result in creating new urinary symptoms or aid in perpetuating a patient’s current bladder symptoms. Often times, the muscles of the pelvic floor are weakened or excessively tight creating a discord between these two structures.

Disorders

  • Dysuria: Pain during urination.
  • Interstitial cystitis/Painful bladder syndrome: Condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and surrounding pelvic region.
  • Mixed incontinence: A combination of stress and urge incontinence.
  • Nocturia: Frequent night time urination.
  • Stress incontinence: Unintended leakage of urine as a result of physical stress (e.g, coughing, sneezing, or lifting).
  • Urge incontinence: Leaking urine that accompanies a strong feeling or urge to urinate.
  • Overactive bladder.
  • Genito-urinary symptoms of menopause: Changes that occur with or after menopause (natural or induced) that can affect the vagina, vulva, urethra and bladder.

Symptoms

  • Urinary frequency or urgency.
  • Flow disruption including hesitancy, stopping and starting of the urine stream or incomplete emptying.
  • Pain during urination.
  • Mild or severe pain in the bladder, lower abdomen, pelvic area.
  • Discomfort, pressure, tenderness in the bladder.

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