The use of perineal ultrasound to quantify levator activity and teach pelvic floor muscle exercises

Dietz, H. P., Wilson, P. D. and Clarke, B. (2001) The use of perineal ultrasound to quantify levator activity and teach pelvic floor muscle exercises. International Urogynecology Journal And Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, 12 3: 166-169. doi:10.1007/s001920170059


Author Dietz, H. P.
Wilson, P. D.
Clarke, B.
Title The use of perineal ultrasound to quantify levator activity and teach pelvic floor muscle exercises
Journal name International Urogynecology Journal And Pelvic Floor Dysfunction   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0937-3462
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s001920170059
Volume 12
Issue 3
Start page 166
End page 169
Total pages 3
Place of publication London
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
321012 Nephrology and Urology
730115 Urogenital system and disorders
1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine
Abstract Perineal ultrasound was used to detect and quantify levator activity by measuring the displacement of the internal urethral meatus against the inferoposterior margin of the symphysis pubis, Women who had previously been instructed in pelvic floor muscle exercises were more likely to contract the levator muscle when asked to do so than were those without previous instruction (P<0.0001). Of the 56 women who were unable to contract the pelvic floor on request, 32 (57%) eventually succeeded with visual ultrasound biofeedback. Pelvic floor muscle assessment and teaching can be used as an adjunct to the ultrasound assessment of urogynecologic patients, requiring at most 5 minutes. It allows quantification of lavator activity and call provide visual biofeedback, which is easily understood and readily accepted by women.
Keyword No Category
Biofeedback
Levator Ani
Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises
Perineal Ultrasound
Lower Urinary-tract
Incontinence
Ultrasonography
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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