If you are experiencing issues with incontinence and pain during intercourse or gynecological exams, you might be unsure of where to go for treatment or even what is wrong with you in the first place. Your pelvic floor includes the muscles around your pelvis that provide support and stability, which helps to regulate bladder and bowel function. That muscle network may be the primary culprit responsible for the incontinence or pain you feel. So should you see a doctor or figure out other treatment options you can pursue?
If you are outside the medical field and have never seen the word spondylolisthesis before, you may think it is just an alternate pronunciation of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. But, as your doctor would tell you if you received this diagnosis, it is instability in your spine, probably created from a stress fracture. One of your vertebrae has moved from its original place and might be causing you some pain. So what happens now? Can it heal on its own? Do you need surgery for it, or can it slip back into place?
If you’re anything like me, you enjoy supporting local small businesses in your area. You would much rather visit a local coffee shop than Starbucks, and you would visit family-owned restaurants over a national chain any day. On the other hand, it is sometimes much more convenient to pick up your fresh produce from Trader Joe’s than to wait for the Saturday morning farmer’s market.