Fecal continence is maintained by the structure and function of the anorectal unit as part of the performance of the pelvic floor. Causes of pelvic floor dysfunction leading to fecal incontinence can include disruption of appropriate signaling, weakness or decreased control the pelvic floor muscles, and/or trauma.
How can pelvic floor physical therapy help?
- Improve strength and coordination of pelvic floor muscles
- Increase the activities you are able to perform without fecal incontinence
- Education on proper toileting techniques
Studies have shown that pelvic floor rehabilitation/physical therapy should be considered the initial treatment for patients with fecal incontinence with improvement expected in up to 67% of patients.
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1. Rieger, N. A., et al. "Prospective trial of pelvic floor retraining in patients with fecal incontinence." Diseases of the colon & rectum 40.7 (1997): 821-826.