Gastroenterology problems can manifest odd symptoms, like shoulder pain

Gastroenterology problems can manifest odd symptoms, like shoulder pain

Gastroenterology problems plague millions of people each years. Thing like heartburn, abdominal pain and hemorrhoids are commonplace. When a gastro complaint worsens, does not go away or is just strange, it is time to see a doctor in this specialty.

Dr. Kavita Kongara, an Atlanta-based gastroenterologist from Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates, prescribes unconventional treatments for a very common complaint. She performs biofeedback or pelvic floor rehabilitation for specific types of constipation. A physical therapist takes the prescription and helps the patient through the process.

One of the strangest gastro complaints seen in this practice is a common complaint giving off symptoms that make it seem like it is something else entirely. For example, gallstones typically cause pain in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen; however, it is possible for people to have pain behind their right shoulder instead. No one would really consider a visit to the gastroenterologist for shoulder pain.

The pelvic floor consists of muscles that need to be strengthened, like all muscles. If they are weak, issues like incontinence can occur. Kegel exercises are used to strengthen them, and these are now being used to alleviate constipation. The Mayo Clinic estimates that as many as 50 percent of those who suffer from chronic constipation also have pelvic floor dysfunction. Normal defecation requires that the pelvic floor muscles be able to relax and contract normally. Kegel exercises can train these muscles.

Biofeedback is a natural treatment that utilizes sensors. These are placed on various parts of the body to get a picture as to how these bodyparts are functioning. The purpose is a whole-body approach to try and correct constipation by getting the body in the proper rhythm. When the body is in rhythm, it functions better overall.

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