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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a number of conditions that can impact the body's urinary and digestive system stability. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a sign of issues in the muscles, joints, nerves, and connective tissues in the pelvis. If you are living with a condition that falls under the pelvic floor dysfunction umbrella, it is important to know these conditions are not normal and treatment is available.

Urinary incontinence (UI), the involuntary loss of bladder control, is a common condition that affects women twice as often as men. This bothersome and even debilitating condition is often associated with muscle and nerve damage following pregnancy, childbirth and menopause but can also result from neurologic conditions, birth defects, stroke and other causes in both men and women. 

Treatment for bowel dysfunction, including fecal urgency, fecal incontinence and constipation, is also available through the Pelvic Floor Dysfunction program.

How Palos Can Help with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

The caring health professionals at Palos Health understand the impact incontinence can have on everyday living. We offer a range of surgical and nonsurgical services to help you help you find the right solution for your needs, including:

  • Our comprehensive Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Program
  • Board-certified urologists and urogynecologists
  • Diagnostic testing – ultrasound, urodynamic testing, bladder stress test
  • Biofeedback
  • Medication
  • Surgery
  • Therapy

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Program at Palos

The Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Program at Palos combines exercise, behavior modification and nutritional information to help you effectively control your bladder or bowels and resume a more normal lifestyle. Many patients prefer these therapeutic options over surgery and medications because they provide a less invasive solution without side effects. 

Program Components

Our program's exercise and behavior modification component offers computer-aided feedback to help patients learn to strengthen and control the muscles that affect incontinence.

Since food and beverage choices contribute to incontinence, a second major facet of the program involves identifying foods that may irritate the bladder wall and create the sensation or urge to urinate. Program participants work with therapists to identify substitutes for these irritating substances.

Specially Trained Staff

The specially trained, compassionate physical therapists and staff of the Palos Pelvic Floor Dysfunction team are ready to help you find the solutions you need. They provide services at the hospital and Palos Health South Campus in Orland Park.

First Appointment

Your first appointment may last an hour, as the specially trained physical therapist reviews your history and introduces exercise and behavior modification techniques. Subsequent sessions occur once a week for four to eight weeks.

Approximately three to four days before your first appointment, you may need to complete a log documenting your pelvic floor health history. This history provides valuable insight about the frequency, timing and triggers leading up to incontinence episodes.

Is the Program for Me?

It’s time to start talking. Talking to your health care professional is the first step. He or she can help determine if our program is right for you. A physician’s referral is required to enter the program. Undergoing a physician's exam before enrolling is crucial in identifying any overriding medical problem that may be causing your symptoms.

Getting Started

If you believe you need help or would like more information about Palos Health's Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Program, call the Physical Therapy department at 708.923.5050


The Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Program is available at these Palos locations:

Palos Hospital
12251 S. 80th Ave.
Palos Heights, IL  60463

Palos Health South Campus
15300 West Ave.
Orland Park, IL 60462


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