What it is, how it manifests, and can physical therapy can help.
A cystocele is a type of prolapse referring specifically to the bladder. Prolapse occurs when the pelvic organs are no longer resting in their intended position and settles below their normal location.
Common symptoms of bladder prolapse include a sensation of heaviness/pressure in the pelvic floor, accidental dribbling of urine upon standing after you’ve urinated, or a feeling of something “falling” in the vagina for women. Among women, it is more common to experience bladder prolapse if you have a history of pregnancy and/or vaginal delivery, or a history of constipation and straining with bowel movements. Prolapse is typically attributable to excessive downward pressure into the pelvis over time.
Pelvic health physical therapy can help address prolapse and provide extensive education and exercises that can help to eliminate, reduce, or manage your symptoms. Depending on the stage or degree of prolapse, surgery may be recommended, in which case, physical therapy is highly recommended both prior to and after surgery to ensure best long term surgical outcomes.
Mendwell is a Pelvic Health Physical Therapy clinic serving patients in Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, and Tigard. Our team of specialists are passionate about helping patients improve pelvic function, relieve pain, and get back to feeling their best. Reach out to learn how we can help.