Fecal Incontinence: An involuntary emptying of bowels. Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor to hold in the feces. Physical therapy can also help with activity modification, toileting techniques, and other strategies related to defecation to help with the incontinence.
Fecal Urgency: A sudden urge to defecate. Physical therapy can help with strategies to decrease urgency and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor to help with urgency episodes.
Incomplete emptying: Incomplete emptying of the bowels. This occurs when only part of the feces is evacuated. Physical therapy can help with proper toileting techniques, positions, and strengthening to increase the complete emptying of the bowels.
Fecal Leakage: Involuntary leakage of feces, either throughout the day or with passing gas, coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising. Physical therapy can help with strategies to decrease leakage as well as pelvic floor strengthening.
Constipation: Difficulty emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened stool. Physical therapy can help with proper toileting techniques, positions to decrease constipation, and any associated pain.
Rectal Pain: Pain in the rectum with or without the emptying of stools. Physical therapy can help with proper toileting position and also with pain and trigger points in the rectum and anal area.