Prolapsed Bladder (cont.)
Physical therapy such as electrical stimulation and biofeedback may be used to help strengthen the muscles in the pelvis.
- Electrical stimulation: A doctor can apply a probe to
targeted muscles within the vagina or on the pelvic floor. The probe
isattached to a device that measures and delivers small electrical
currents that contract the muscles. These contractions help strengthen the
muscles. A less intrusive type of electrical stimulation is available that
magnetically stimulates the pudendal nerve from outside the body. This
activates the muscles of the pelvic floor and may help treat incontinence.
- Biofeedback: A sensor is used to monitor muscle
activity in the vagina and on the pelvic floor. The doctor can recommend
exercises that can strengthen these muscles. These exercises may help
strengthen the muscles to reverse or relieve some symptoms related to a
prolapsed bladder. The sensor can monitor the muscular contractions during the exercises, and the doctor may be able to determine if the targeted muscles would benefit from the exercises.
George Lazarou, MD, FACOG
Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS
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