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What is Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and How Can It Be Treated?


Pelvic floor, or pelvic diaphragm, is composed of the many layers of muscle and connective tissue that form the area underneath the pelvis and separates the pelvic cavity from the perineal region. This set of muscles is partially responsible for supporting the organs of the pelvis, including the bladder, intestines, and uterus (females). It is also important for maintaining continence as part of the anal and urinary sphincters and providing tone for the vaginal and rectal canals for sexual function.

As with any other muscle in the body, the pelvic floor muscles can become weak, tight, or imbalanced. Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to the wide range of issues these imbalances can cause. These problems include urinary incontinence, painful intercourse, painful urination, low back pain, and leg, groin, and tail bone pain. The most common conditions associated with pelvic floor dysfunction are urinary incontinence (affecting 13 million Americans), anal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse.

To diagnose pelvic floor dysfunction, physical therapists use visual and manual techniques to examine the lumbopelvic region and pelvic floor muscles. Manual muscle testing is performed to test the strength and tone of the muscles and hips to detect and evaluate problems. Once this evaluation is completed, a physical therapist can determine the best approach to manage and alleviate any pain or incontinence issues.

Treatment usually involves joint and soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, biofeedback, and neuromuscular re-education. Therapeutic exercise is an extremely important component in the therapy program, both in the clinic and while at home.

If you are experiencing urinary incontinence or any other of the conditions caused by pelvic floor dysfunction, contact Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. One of our dedicated physical therapists can help to manage and alleviate your symptoms. Call us at (702) 880-2100 or visit our website for more information.

Heart Health with Dr. Bhatti, Cardiologist

Tuesday, Feb. 7
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Education Room/First Floor

Learn first-hand how to keep your heart healthy from cardiologist Dr. Bhatti. Call 702.880.2700 to register. Lunch will be provided. FREE

Heart Health

Southern Hills Recognized by Consumer Reports

100,000 Americans die every year from hospital-acquired infections, many of which are largely preventable. In this video, the host explains the types of infections that are common in hospitals and which facilities keep their patient infection rates higher or lower than the national average.

Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center has recently been recognized by Consumer Reports for its low infection rates, receiving a perfect rating. Our professionals are committed to following the latest guidelines in protecting our patients from unnecessary infections. Learn more about us and our services by contacting our staff at (702) 880-2100 or visiting our website. 

A Look at What Causes Stroke

MRI Scan

Stroke is a life-threatening medical event that occurs when the brain’s blood supply is interrupted. Without the oxygen and nutrients supplied by adequate blood flow, brain cells suffer damage and death within 10 minutes of the event. A victim of stroke experiences sudden loss of function and cognitive difficulties.

There are two main types of these ‘brain attacks’:  ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke.

  • An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot or local plaque buildup obstructs blood flow to a region of the brain. A clot can break off from another part of the brain or from anywhere else in the body and travel in the bloodstream to cause the obstruction. A clot can also form in an artery that is already very narrow. Fat, cholesterol, and other substances can form plaques that collect on the artery walls, which also can be the cause of a blockage. 

  • A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, causing blood to leak (hemorrhage) into the brain. The bleeding puts pressure on the brain and prevents cells from getting their normal blood supply.

Stroke symptoms typically develop suddenly and require immediate medical attention to minimize damage to the brain tissue. To minimize your risk for developing a stroke, consider speaking with your physician if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • High homocysteine levels in the blood
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Cocaine, heroin, or amphetamine abuse
  • Use of birth control pills if over the age of 35
  • Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Atrial fibrillation

If you or a loved one experiences the symptoms of stroke, consider calling 911 and seeking medical assistance immediately. At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, our Primary Stroke Center is certified by the Joint Commission as a facility with the highest quality in stroke care. Don’t become a statistic—call us today at (702) 880-2100 to learn more stroke treatment and prevention.

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