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Children and teens who play sports may be at an increased risk of developing pelvic floor dysfunction (bladder and bowel incontinence). This is especially true for kids who participate in gymnastics, running, basketball, football and other high-impact activities.
In Cook Children's Sports Performance Orthopedic Rehab Team Specialists (SPORTS) program, we evaluate and treat children and teens who have difficulty with bladder and bowel incontinence during physical and sport activities due to weak pelvic floor musculature.
In sports injuries, pelvic floor dysfunction refers to having difficulty controlling bladder or bowel function. This includes leaking urine or losing control of the bladder or bowel. In children, the problem could be caused by overly weak or tight muscles in the pelvic floor. Pelvic floor dysfunction also may be caused by too much straining or impact during a sports activity, resulting in injury.
In either case, kids who develop bladder and/or bowel problems may begin to avoid activities and even isolate from friends and family. Fortunately, our specialists at Cook Children's can create a treatment plan that can help your child regain control of his or her bladder and bowel and get back to their activities.
Depending on their diagnosis, children and teens with pelvic floor disorders are typically referred to our SPORTS team after they've been treated by a urologist. Your child's treatment plan and the types of therapy he or she receives will be customized based on the injury or any impairments or complications that may be identified during the diagnosis. Length of treatment and recovery time will depend on the cause and extent of your child's pelvic floor condition.
Cook Children's has one of the only pediatric sports medicine programs in North Texas. Our focus is 100 percent on kids. Because children and teens are still growing, the types of sports injuries and responses to pain they experience are very different from adults.
Our SPORTS physical therapists have extensive training in pediatric care, and work closely with your child's doctor and our pediatric urology team to develop the best plan of treatment. Our goal is to help your child heal and get back to running, throwing, jumping and doing what kids do.
Orders/referrals for patients that need rehab services due to pelvic floor dysfunction are sent to Cook Children's SPORTS for prompt triaging.
To make a referral:
Patients can make an appointment and physicians may refer a patient by calling 866-205-7270.
Please fax referrals and patient registration forms to 817-347-2985.