Immediate effects of exercise and behavioral interventions for pelvic floor dysfunction and lumbopelvic pain

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Key Points

  1. Behavioral modifications and exercise are effective for managing pelvic floor dysfunction and low back pain.
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Low back pain and pelvic floor dysfunction are two common issues that impact women, and evidence shows that the incidence of pelvic floor dysfunction increases with age. The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of a non-invasive, pain-free procedure of behavioral modifications and a specialized exercise program to improve pain levels and quality of life, specifically related to pelvic organ prolapse.

The incidence of pelvic floor dysfunction increases with age.
Avoiding the exacerbating activity may reduce some symptoms but may negatively impact quality of life.


This study was a quantitative, longitudinal study. Participants consisted of 41 female subjects between the ages of 28 and 69 years old. Participants were recruited as a convenience sample in New Orleans. Inclusion criteria consisted of women who exhibited pelvic

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