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Pelvic Organ Prolapse

POP  is a condition where the walls or support ligaments and fascia around the vagina have become stretched, weakened or damaged, sometimes from a traumatic childbirth. It’s a bit like a hernia into your vagina. This can affect up to 50% of women who have had children.  It is associated more with vaginal rather than caesarean births, but women who have never had children can also develop prolapse!


Symptoms of Prolapse

  • stress incontinence: leaking urine when:
    • coughing
    • sneezing
    • laughing
    • standing up
    • running
    • walking
  • inability to completely empty the bladder or the bowel after going to the toilet
  • straining to get urine flow started
  • a slow flow of urine that tends to stop and start
  • bladder frequency or urgency
  • a sensation of fullness or pressure inside the vagina
  • a bulge or swelling felt in the vagina or seen at the entrance
  • Low back ache and/or pain
  • Low abdominal pressure and/or pain
  • Difficulty inserting a tampon or tampon moving down the vagina once inserted
  • Sensation of constantly needing to pass stool or rectal pressure
  • Poor wind (flatus) control
  • Bowel urgency
  • Discomfort during and/or after emptying the bowel
  • Decreased sexual satisfaction
  • Decreased sexual arousal
  • Sexual disinterest
  • Vaginal pain or vaginal discomfort during or after penetrative sexual intercourse
  • Difficulty with penetration with more severe prolapse
  • Possible bladder leakage with intercourse
  • The most important take home message about POP is that it can almost always be helped with lifestyle changes, correct toilet technique, exercise changes together with pelvic floor exercises from your Women’s Health Physiotherapist.
    Not all POP needs surgery…and if you do then it is really important to get your muscles as strong as possible and understand why you have to make changes in your life to maintain the success of any surgery. Sue Croft is a Women’s Health Physiotherapist in Queensland has a great website/blog and 2 fantastic small books  all about pelvic floor problems and surgery.

Factors that put you at risk of developing POP

– Obesity- carrying extra weight causes a rise in the IAP (intra-abdominal pressure) that can   push down organs onto a weak pelvic floor
– Smoking /and or chest problems …. causing chronic cough coughing causes huge rises in IAP
– Constant sneezing from allergies…. as above!
– Chronic Constipation…. pressure against the back of the vaginal wall
– Heavy lifting occupations
– High impact; strong’ core’ exercise too soon after a vaginal delivery

Surgery for Prolapse
What kinds of surgery are done for pelvic organ prolapse?
Many kinds of surgery can be done for pelvic organ prolapse.
Types of surgery include:

  • Repair of the bladder (cystocele surgery)
  • Repair of the rectum (rectocele surgery) or small bowel (enterocele surgery).
  • Repair of the vagina /uterus (urethrocele)
  • Removal of the uterus (hysterectomy).

What are the risks of surgery for pelvic organ prolapse?
Problems you may have after surgery can include:

  • Incontinence
  • Not being able to empty your bladder
  • Pain during sex
  • Infection
  • Bladder injury

“Surgery for pelvic organ prolapse is done to treat symptoms caused by one prolapsed organ, so you may still have other symptoms after your surgery. Surgery in one part of your pelvis can make a prolapse in another part worse. Sometimes a bulge in the vagina is ‘helping’ to keep you continent and symptoms of Stress Urinary Incontinence SUI may become evident only after your prolapse repair. This may mean that you have to have another surgery later.

Pelvic organ prolapse can come back after surgery. How well surgery works depends on the type of surgery. But on average, about 3 out of 10 women who have the surgery end up having a second surgery within 4 years.

The chances for success can be higher when a woman has two surgical procedures during the same operation-one to correct the prolapse and the other to help prevent incontinence problems that can arise after surgery. But more research is needed to find out if this is true for all types of prolapse surgeries.”

What exercises can I do?

We see women from early post- natal, right through to post menopause. Careful examination, specific exercises, possible pessary support and lifestyle changes are all things that I can help you with, that do help to reduce the prolapse to an extent that you may not need surgery.

Things that will impact on your risk of POP when considering exercises…

  • What was your postnatal recovery like – for your pelvic floor
  • How many vaginal deliveries have you had?
  • Did you have a traumatic vaginal delivery; (forceps, breech)
  • Have you reached menopause and beyond?
  • Are you obese or overweight;
  • Do you suffer from chronic constipation and straining?
  • Do you have a chronic cough?
  • Is there a family history of prolapse?
  • Do you feel any heaviness or bulge in or around your vagina…at any time during your menstrual cycle?

We hope you have found this information helpful. Prolapse symptoms need to be assessed and then we can work out a plan to help you! Book an appointment at Sports Focus Physiotherapy today.


Spine-related pain is a very common occurrence, and research indicates that most of the population will be afflicted with back pain at some point during their lives.

This can involve the cervical spine (neck); thoracic spine (upper back); the lumbar spine (lower back), or the sacrum /coccyx (pelvis).
For most people, back pain can be managed quickly and easily with physiotherapy treatment.

Whether you have occupational neck pain from spending hours at a desk; or acute pain from a bending or lifting injury; we can help. The physios at Sports Focus are all trained to perform a biomechanical assessment of your spine; and to provide treatment for restoring normal function.

Spinal physiotherapy is offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations.

Sports injuries can occur during any sporting activity or gym session. The most common sports injuries include sprains and strains/tears, which can be categorised as being an acute, chronic or an overuse injury.

Physiotherapy management of sports injuries usually involves manual therapy, a tailored exercise rehabilitation program, taping, and sometimes bracing – all with the aim to return to your pre-injury level of function.

Our physiotherapists are skilled in diagnosing and managing all varieties of sports injuries and working with you to help prevent further injury.

Sports physiotherapy is offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations.

At Sports Focus we have experienced Massage Therapists who work to restore optimal function, wellness and health through various types of massage therapies. Relaxing and restorative or remedial and injury specific our therapists can help.

Massage therapy is offered at our Castle Hill, CBD 428 George, Liverpool, Mt Pritchard and CBD Wynyard physiotherapy locations.

At Sports Focus Physiotherapy we offer a wide range of hands-on treatments from our experienced practitioners who have an interest in Women’s Health Physiotherapy.

Learn more about our prenatal Pilates and pregnancy physiotherapy exercise class.

Womens health physiotherapy is available at Northbridge and Liverpool.

Shockwave is a safe, non-invasive physiotherapy modality that effectively treats a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. It can be a great alternative to surgical intervention, and can often treat stubborn, recalcitrant conditions.

Shockwave therapy is done in conjunction with a suitable physiotherapy program, such as an exercise or loading program, and any manual therapy.

Shockwave therapy is offered at our Liverpool, Mt Pritchard, Northbridge and CBD Wynyard physiotherapy locations.

Pilates classes tailored by our Sports Focus Physiotherapists. These classes are for all levels – beginner, intermediate or advanced. They are designed by our experienced clinical Pilates Physiotherapists with their background in muscle and joint rehabilitation exercises for all ages.

Follow the link and get started today: Active Physio Classes

Dry needling is a useful and effective technique using fine filament needles which are inserted into the fascia or muscle to correct imbalances within the tissue. Often, we target the active trigger points which elicit a twitch response and allow the muscle to release and relax. It can also be used to stimulate a weak or inactive muscle.

It can be used in the treatment of muscular pain, myofascial dysfunction, tendonitis, tension headaches and back pain.

Dry needling is offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations.

Aquatic Physiotherapy is a tailored programme of exercises and mobilising techniques prescribed and monitored by an Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist. Programmes are conducted on a 1-on-1 basis at our Willoughby and Mount Pritchard clinics.

Aquatic physiotherapy uses the buoyancy and resistance of water to decrease pain and swelling, increase function, strength and range of movement. It is helpful for orthopaedic, spinal and arthritic conditions as well as sports injuries, work related injuries and neurological conditions.

Aquatic physiotherapy is offered at our Mounties and Willoughby physiotherapy locations.

For those of you who are ‘physically isolating’ at the moment we can still help, even if you can’t come into see your Physio.
TeleHealth allows you to gain remote access to our experienced practitioners from your phone or device.
Get the physiotherapy treatment you need from the safety of your own home.

Book your Telehealth video consult

Make an appointment for 2 weeks after delivery with our experienced Women’s Health Physiotherapists.

At Sports Focus Physio, we can examine and assess: Breast problems from feeding – Mastitis; Abdominal /scar examination – Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) assessment; Pelvic Floor Muscle (PFM) assessment; Prolapse assessment; and Postural and Pelvic / lumbar spine assessment

Early assessment and advice are really valuable for a good safe recovery and return to exercise.

Postnatal physiotherapy is available at Northbridge and Liverpool.

Sports focus physiotherapy can help you manage fractures and injuries that require casting, bracing or splinting.

This service is available for people of all ages and includes the application and removal of casts, moulding thermoplastic splints and fitting braces across a wide range of joints in the body.

We use a fiberglass casting material with the option for a waterproof Delta-Dry liner, which allows the water to pass through the cast, has great ventilation properties and dries very quickly.

Casting and splinting is offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations except Mt Pritchard. Book online now.

The human body is complex and has many moving parts. At Sports Focus, our physiotherapists have a great understanding of the body’s anatomy and can identify biomechanical patterns or faults within the system.

Whether you’re recovering from an injury or aiming to reduce your risk, a biomechanical assessment can determine areas of weakness or tightness so that a tailor-made exercise program can be created to your specific requirements.

The biomechanics of the human body can be viewed in many different functional tasks such as walking, running, squat and overhead lifting. Whether you are struggling with repetitive injuries, poor posture or trying to ensure your body is working optimally for your sport; a biomechanical assessment can help you to achieve your goals safely.

Biomechanical analysis is offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations. Book online now.

It is never too early or too late to visit a physiotherapist!

Acute care

It’s important to seek help after any injury. Here at Sports Focus Physio, our Physio’s can assess your problem and decide on suitable immediate treatment or referral on for further investigations.

We can provide you with early support for soft tissue injury or mobilisation for stiff and painful joints. An exercise program tailored specifically to your injury will assist with quick recovery.

Chronic Injury/problems

Physiotherapy treatment is very effective in the later stages of a soft tissue injury or chronic joint problem.

At Sports Focus Physio we are experienced in rehabilitation of long-term sporting injuries (such as ACL reconstructions), post-operative joint replacements, as well as ongoing management of degenerative injuries such as osteoarthritis.

A mix of hands-on treatment as well as an independent exercise program will be tailored to meet your needs until you have returned to your pre-injury ability and promote ongoing self-management.

Acute care and chronic physiotherapy and rehabilitation is offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations. Book online now.

Our NordBord is a special piece of equipment that focuses on strengthening athletes’ hamstring muscles through different exercise techniques.

At Sports Focus Physiotherapy we specialise in providing programs that focus on strengthening muscles for athletes in premium teams, to help prevent injuries before they occur.

NordBord is offered at our CBD 428 George, Liverpool, Northbridge and CBD Wynyard physiotherapy locations.

Kinesiology tape (K-tape, kinesio tape, rocktape, dynamic tape) is a form of stretchy sports tape that’s used to dynamically assist muscle function without restricting any range of movement. Our physio’s can use kinesio tape with most athletic injuries and a variety of physical disorders in all phases of rehab.

For example, K tape can be used in early post-operative rehab, muscle injuries or in late-stage rehab assisting return to sport exercises.

Kinesio taping is offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations.

Manual therapy is a “hands on” approach to the body’s joints and soft tissue structures in order to restore normal function.

Our highly qualified clinicians are experienced in delivering various methods of manual therapy tailored to everyone, including shoulder physiotherapy, neck physiotherapy and women’s health physiotherapy.

With the use of palpation, our therapists are skilled in identifying whether these structures are abnormally tight, in spasm or in some cases hypermobile (too much movement).

Manual therapy can be practiced on all regions of the body.

Manual physiotherapy is offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations.

The purpose of a musculoskeletal athlete screen is to develop a clinical picture of an athlete’s capability regarding their sport.
Athletes require strength, range of motion and co-ordination, not only to maximise their performance, but reduce the risk of injury.

During the screening process the athlete is asked to perform a battery of tests and the results of these tests are compared to normative values to identify areas which may place the athlete at risk of injury.

Injury prevention should be the top priority for all athletes to maximise their performance, and longevity of their sporting careers.

Musculoskeletal athlete screening is offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations. Book online now.

Work related activity programs are designed specifically for the injured worker depending on their injury and the duties needed to be performed at work.

Our therapists provide education on injury management and prevention and provide the foundations to return to work through a range of exercise techniques.

Hydrotherapy, home exercise programs and gym programs are used to promote self-management and adherence for the injured worker.

Work related activity programs are offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations. Book online now.

The temporomandibular consists of two joints between your cheek bone and jawbone and it is the most used joint in your body for eating, drinking, talking, and expressing emotions.

The most common symptoms include grinding, jaw clicking, and popping, restriction of the joint or deviation while opening, and inability to clench your jaw completely. Dysfunction of this joint can cause headaches, ear pain, dizziness, upper neck pain, and ear ringing (tinnitus).

Together with help from your Dentist, Physios can assess and treat for pain relief including massage, dry needling, coordinated mobility exercises, and stretches.

TMJ treatment is offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations except Mt Pritchard and Macarthur. Book online now.

Our Senior services are one-on- one programs designed to improve senior wellbeing and independence.

After an assessment, our Physios can recommend either an individual treatment program or one of our ‘classes’ that specialise in Senior’s health. These include:

  • Falls prevention
  • Strength and Mobility – cardiac & respiratory
  • Balance and Bones

Senior physiotherapy is offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations.

Real time Ultrasound uses a diagnostic ultrasound machine to build an image on the screen.

Different layers of muscles can be viewed to see how they contract, relax and work together.

This is very relevant for your “deep abdominal muscles “core” Transverse Abdominus.

It is common for these deeper muscles to not work correctly after any episode of Back or Pelvic pain.

Real time ultrasound is offered at our Northbridge and CBD Wynyard physiotherapy locations. Book online now.

Research has shown that elderly people who participate in a safe exercise program that combines both strength training and balance are less likely to have fall related injuries and will improve overall strength.

At Sports Focus Physiotherapy, our Balance and Bones exercise class is conducted by experienced physiotherapists who will take you through a range of safe exercises each session.

Balance and Bones is offered at our Northbridge and Castle Hill physiotherapy locations.

Sports Focus Physiotherapy at Castle Hill offers specialised services for golfers, including rehab and advice for golfing injuries and a golf performance program.

Whether you are playing at professional or amateur, senior or junior levels, our expert Sports Focus physiotherapists can help you get the most out of your game.

Golf performance is offered at our Castle Hill physiotherapy location.

Do you work in the fitness industry? Interested in learning kinesiology taping techniques to help prevent client injury?

Andrew Hughes, senior partner at Sport Focus Physiotherapy and Sports & Olympic Physiotherapist regularly conducts certified taping courses for the sporting community including coaches, athletes and parents at our practices across Sydney.

Sports taping is offered at all our physiotherapy locations.

Orthotics are shoe inserts that support the foot. They are designed to assist in changing gait abnormalities that are causing pain or discomfort.

Orthotic prescription can be done after a biomechanical assessment by your Physiotherapist to determine your individual needs. First steps will often involve taping and sometimes shoe prescription to help change problematic movement issues.

Orthotic prescriptions are offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations. Book online now.

We provide general physiotherapy treatments to patients of all ages. Doctor referral is generally not necessary for private self-pay clients and our HICAPs system can provide you on-the-spot private health fund claiming.

Our physiotherapists also collaborate with your GP, other allied health professionals or insurance company when providing physiotherapy services via Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), Medicare Chronic Disease Management (CDM) program, workers compensation or third-party insurance claims.

General physiotherapy is offered at all our Sydney physiotherapy locations.

Skiing and snowboarding both demand a lot from the muscles in the quads and lower back, and from the knees. A good conditioning program should start long before the snow season starts, and involve strength, power, flexibility, endurance and agility drills.

Evening classes run in two seasons – pre-Australian season and pre-Northern hemisphere season, 8-10 weeks, one hour.

Get Fit to Ski is offered at our Northbridge physiotherapy location.

Sport Focus Physiotherapy programs are available to cater to all your Sydney ski fitness needs. Find out more about our Get Fit to Ski programs today.

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