Management of the very weak pelvic floor: is there a point?

Swart, A.M., Hagerty, J., Corstiaans, A., and Rane, A. (2002) Management of the very weak pelvic floor: is there a point? International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, 13 (6). pp. 346-348.

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Conservative treatment in the form of pelvic muscle exercises is effective in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. There are no studies specifically looking at women who have extremely weak pelvic muscles and their response to conservative treatment. This study looks at the effectiveness of pelvic muscle therapy in women with very weak pelvic muscles. Out of 965 women attending the bladder clinic at Kirwan Hospital, 219 were assessed to have weak pelvic muscles by digital palpation. All patients were subjected to a detailed urogynecological questionnaire, a frequency/volume chart, and clinical assessment. All patients were then given detailed verbal and written instructions on good bladder habits, including posture, dietetic habits and pelvic muscle exercises. Of the 219 women, 163 were able to complete their treatment and presented for review. Out of 163 women 118 (72%) reported a subjective improvement; 89 (54%) demonstrated an objective improvement in pelvic muscle strength.

Item ID: 27129
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1433-3023
Keywords: urinary incontinence, pelvic muscle exercises
Date Deposited: 22 May 2013 06:49
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 100%
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