Understanding the Link Between Arthritis and Pelvic Floor Health

April 6, 2024

Are you experiencing joint pain, swelling, or mobility issues? Have you noticed changes in your pelvic floor symptoms such as bladder leaks or pelvic pain? It might surprise you to learn that there’s a direct connection between arthritic changes in your body and the health of your pelvic floor.


In a recent video broadcast I did a deep dive into this important relationship and provided valuable insights into how arthritis can impact pelvic floor function and I thought it would be a great topic to also blog about!


It is important to understand that there is an interconnectedness within the body which means that joint pain in the knees and hips can directly influence the pelvic floor. Changes in mobility, balance, and stability due to arthritis can affect pelvic muscle engagement and function.


It’s important to remember that pelvic floor function is dictated largely by our ability to move our pelvis well in 3 planes of motion. This movement allows the muscles to contract and relax bringing in strength and blood flow that our pelvic floor needs to do its job.

Arthritis, and specifically the pain or fear of pain caused by arthritis, can begin to cause a restriction in movement and mobility. Because we know how important mobility is to pelvic floor function it can lead to pelvic floor symptoms worsening over time as movement becomes more and more restricted. Reduced activity levels and altered movement patterns will contribute directly  to pelvic floor dysfunction.


Despite the challenges posed by arthritis, there are practical strategies for managing pelvic floor symptoms while accommodating joint pain. This includes incorporating modified movement patterns and exercises that target pelvic floor muscles without exacerbating joint discomfort.


It is strongly encouraged that individuals with arthritis seek support from pelvic floor therapists to help them to modify their pelvic floor exercises. This will allow them to obtain a program that is tailored to their specific needs so they can continue to work on improving their pelvic symptoms while also managing their arthritis symptoms effectively.


In conclusion, understanding the link between arthritis and pelvic floor health is crucial for effectively managing symptoms and maintaining overall well-being. By recognizing how joint changes impact pelvic function and implementing targeted interventions, individuals can take proactive steps towards improving their quality of life.


If you’re struggling with pelvic floor symptoms alongside arthritis, don’t hesitate to reach out for support and guidance. Together, we can navigate these challenges and work towards better health and mobility.


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