Pelvic floor dysfunction is a term used to describe the impaired coordination of pelvic floor muscles, making them unable to perform effective bowel movements. The exact cause of pelvic floor dysfunction is unknown, but its symptoms are very evident.
Visiting a Newport Beach gastroenterologist upon the initial appearance of pelvic floor dysfunction can improve the quality of your life. This condition can be treated successfully without the need for surgery. Some of the treatments Dr. Quist may use include medications and relaxation techniques.
A vast majority of individuals who deal with chronic constipation also suffer from pelvic floor dysfunction. The inability to properly perform the necessary bowel movements is caused by the impaired coordination of pelvic floor muscles. In chronic constipation straining and difficulty in processing bowel movements can be of significant discomfort. In many instances, you may feel the need to have a bowel movement, but are unable to. Chronic constipation is described as having less than three bowel movements per week for several months. Also, the stool may be formed, hard and small.
The symptoms associated with chronic constipation make it easy to diagnose the condition. However, if not properly treated, you can experience this discomfort for months and even years. Having chronic constipation for such an extended period can start leading you to plan your days around the bathroom, often affecting your enjoyment of life.
Contact Dr. Quist’s office in Newport Beach today to discuss any relevant symptoms you currently deal with and find a solution to your chronic constipation. Call (949) 645-8300 today!