Pelvic Organ Prolapse – is it all about the diagnosis?

I was recently challenged by my buddy Antony Lo (aka the Physio Detective) to do a 5 minute video on the Biopsychosocial model and how it influences the language that we use with our clients. Although I was free to choose any topic that I liked, my brain immediately went to pelvic organ prolapse.

Why? Because I see women crushed by this diagnosis. I see the mixed messages that they receive. I hear their distress.

I’m perplexed that when it comes to low back pain, the biopsychosocial model (which takes into account multiple factors that can influence our health, well being and pain) seems to be in full effect. But when it comes to POP, we seem to be still just talking about the muscles, ligaments and organs. Do they not live inside a living, breathing, feeling human being?


To say that talking about this in under 5 minutes was impossible is evident by the fact that I did it in 7 minutes …and I feel like I barely scratched the surface!

Check it out and tell me what you think! What have been your experiences as someone living with POP? Or if you are a health professional, how do you think your communication influences your client’s experience with POP?


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2 replies
  1. Cath
    Cath says:

    Great post lets definitely start the conversation on how we as health professionals can empower ladies not only on
    the physical level but addressing all aspects which are as equally important. Are we equipped to do so in our field? I have a friend who still recalls what her WHPT said to her 5 years ago….not in a positive way!

    • admin
      admin says:

      Thank you Cath for your comment. I think we as health and fitness professionals can definitely play a big part in helping these clients get back to doing the things that they love. What we can and can’t do will obviously be guided by our scope of practice and knowledge base (I’m not sure exactly what your profession is), but I feel that we can all do our bit!
      I’m sorry to hear about your friend’s experience. Words are very powerful indeed!


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